Post by Capttrips25 on May 11, 2004 16:44:59 GMT -5
CBS/AP) Willie Nelson has canceled concerts for the next two months to have surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, a promoter said.
The 71-year-old country-western star, whose hits include "Whiskey River" and "On the Road Again," was apparently in so much pain he couldn't finish a show Saturday in Las Vegas.
"Willie Nelson will have surgery to relieve extreme pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome," Carlos Larraz, a promoter with National Artists Corp., said Monday.
Nelson had ten concerts scheduled for the remainder of May and June, including an appearance at the three-day Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn., beginning June 11.
The star is scheduled to hold his famed 4th of July Picnic at the Fort Worth Stockyards this year.
He has homes in Austin, Texas and Hawaii and occasionally spends time in his hometown of Abbott, Texas.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when tendons or ligaments in the wrist become enlarged, often from inflammation, after being aggravated. Only a small percentage of patients require surgery, which involves opening the wrist and cutting the ligament at the bottom of the wrist to relieve the pressure.
Terrible news about Willie. I was really looking forward to seeing him again. However, since that space has opened up...I hope they move Bob Dylan to that spot or String Cheese Incident so I don't have to choose between the two acts on Friday.
"Work like you don't need the <a href="http://www.ntsearch.com/search.php?q=money&v=55">money</a>...<a href="http://www.ntsearch.com/search.php?q=Love&v=55">Love</a> like you've never been hurt...and DANCE like no one is watching." ~unknown
right on phishdrum, I was thinking the same thing....it is going to be really tough deciding where to be during Dylan/Cheese I was just going to see how Bob sounded first-if he is on, then the Gods will have to show me the way. I saw Willie at Farmaid the year Phish played...BLEW ME AWAY, I have been talking him up ever since. Get better Willie, so you can get back on the road again...
Yeah, if Dylan is sounding lackluster I won't stick around, but I have made the decision (for right now at least) to see Dylan. I have seen Cheese twice and both nights were incredible, but I have only seen Dylan once before and I would love to see him at least one more time before he passes on . God-willing nothing will happen to either Bob or Cheese but logically Cheese has at least a few more years in them than Dylan does and I'm sure I will get more than enough chances to see them in the future.