Willie Nelson has canceled concerts for the next two months to have surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, a promoter said.

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 star, whose hits include "Whiskey River" and "On the Road Again," was apparently in so much pain he couldn't finish a show Saturday (May 8) 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 yesterday.

Nelson had 10 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.

Factoring in recovery and rehabilitation, Nelson is expected to be back on the road by July 3. Sources say the surgery would not affect a proposed tour with Bob Dylan, tentatively set to begin in August.


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