Former VENOM and current VENOM INC. singer and bassist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan underwent hip surgery last week (Thursday, August 15) at a hospital in London. The frontman had postponed the procedure for the last three years due to the ongoing obligation with VENOM INC., causing him to be in constant pain, on and off stage. Dolan reports to Lords Of Metal that he is doing well and he had his first careful walk on crutches on the next morning. In the meantime, he is back home recovering.
He said: "The pain is not so bad. I just feel happy that it is done at last. I've had an accident as a 12-year-old kid, when I was hit by a car and landed flat, after the car had thrown me 20 feet straight up in the air. The last ten years, I've been attempting to get help, and the last three years in VENOM INC., there was always a reason why it couldn't happen, mostly due to rescheduling at the hospital. It came to the point I could wait no longer; I could barely walk after Wacken. So I am very happy it is finally done and I can look forward."
After performing at Wacken Open Air in early August, VENOM INC. took a break from touring in order for Dolan to undergo this operation and to focus on writing the band's new album, the follow-up to 2017's "Avé".
VENOM INC. features Dolan and original VENOM guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn. Last year, VENOM INC. recruited Jeramie Kling of the Tampa-based melodic death metal band THE ABSENCE to fill in for drummer Anthony "Abaddon" Bray while Abaddon stayed home to spend time with his newborn daughter. VENOM INC. has since completed several tours with Kling without making any official announcements about Bray's possible return to the group.
Dunn, Bray and Dolan released three albums as VENOM between 1989 and 1992 — "Prime Evil" (1989), "Temples Of Ice" (1991) and "The Waste Lands" (1992).
VENOM INC. is not to be confused with the Conrad "Cronos" Lant-fronted version of VENOM, which is continuing to tour and make albums under the VENOM moniker. Joining Cronos in that group are Rage (a.k.a. Stuart Dixon) on guitar and Danté (a.k.a. Danny Needham) on drums.