The rumors that have been swirling around the hard rock scene in town for several months have finally been confirmed: Brian Jack is no longer the singer for the band Child's Play.
According to drummer John Allen, Jack (whose real name is Giacubeno) left the band due to "artistic differences." But it was no secret that he didn't agree with Allen, bassist Idzi and guitarist Nicky Kay about the direction of the band.
Two times in the past six months Jack failed to appear at live shows, leaving Allen to handle the vocals. Apparently, the band had had enough.
Although their Chrysalis debut album, "Rat Race," didn't sell particularly well since its release a year ago this week (52,000 units), Allen said, the band has been picked up for another album even without a lead singer.
The band, with the help of Chrysalis, will audition a handful of singers the coming weeks in New York and in Baltimore in hopes of entering the studio in the fall to record its second album.
The band, with Jack as lead vocalist, performed its last show at Hammerjacks on June 29. A July 19 date at the club will not go ahead as scheduled.
"The band with Brian is over," Allen said. "We're thinking about doing some sort of jam session, maybe with us and some other musicians playing for a couple of hours. We'd like to bail [owner] Louie [Principio] out because he's helped us in the past and we don't want to leave the club empty for that date."
As for Jack, a demo tape of original music he wrote with Tim Camp has been circulating and he hopes to strike a solo recording contract, possibly with Chrysalis.
The concert calendar:
Keith Sweat performs at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Sunday).
Merriweather Post Pavilion has a solid week of performances with Jimmy Buffett (Friday and Saturday), Spyro Gyra (Sunday), Amy Grant (Monday), Whitney Houston (Tuesday) and Stevie Nicks (Wednesday).
Hammerjacks welcomes Kix (Sunday), Stuart Hamm (July 18), Mr. Big (July 27) and Wrathchild America (Aug. 3).
The Club MTV Tour featuring Bell Biv Devoe, C&C Music Factory, Tony Toni Tone, Gerardo, Color Me Bad and Tara Kemp comes to the Baltimore Arena (Aug. 7).
Pier Six Pavilion opens in two weeks with Ben E. King (July 24), Hall and Oates and Pat Benatar (July 25) and John Denver (July 26).
Violent Femmes perform at Shriver Hall (July 20).
At D.A.R. Constitution Hall in D.C., Joe Jackson performs (tomorrow).
Coming to the Capital Centre are Yes (July 20) and "Operation Rock 'N' Roll" featuring Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Dangerous Toys and Metal Church (Aug. 15).