Billboard Bits: Sonic Youth, MuchMusic, Troiano & More

News on Sonic Youth, MuchMusic, Dominic Troiano & More

SonicAs it prepares to launch a European tour Saturday (May 28) in Barcelona, Sonic Youth is also prepping a series of upcoming releases. According to its official Web site, the group is "putting the finishing touches" on a double-disc reissue of its 1990 major-label debut, "Goo." No release date is yet confirmed for the album, which will be bolstered with eight-track demos, B-sides and previously unreleased tracks.

"I always kind of discounted 'Goo' and thought [1992's] 'Dirty' represented more what we were going for at that point," Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore told in 2004. "In retrospect, listening to 'Dirty,' especially in reissue form, it leaves me a bit spent. But I have a completely renewed interest in 'Goo' now and I'm really excited."

Also on tap in the coming months is a CD chronicling an April, 12, 2003, performance at New York's Anthology Film Archives, plus a double-vinyl album that captures four instrumental tracks recorded in Melbourne by Moore, drummer Steve Shelley, guitarist Lee Ranaldo and bassist Jim O'Rourke.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

AshleeAshlee Simpson, the Killers, Black Eyed Peas, Ciara, K-OS, Alexisonfire and Billy Talent are confirmed to perform at the 2005 MuchMusic Video Awards, to be held June 19 in Toronto. Kelly Osbourne, Jully Black, Keshia Chante, Kalan Porter and members of Backstreet Boys and Sum-41 will present awards.

Billy Talent leads this year's nominees with nine, followed by K-OS with eight. The show will be broadcast live on MuchMusic in Canada, and in the United States on HDnet.

-- Larry LeBlanc, Toronto

SonicCanadian guitarist Domenic Troiano passed last night (May 25) at his home in Toronto after a battle with prostate cancer. Born in Mondugno, Italy, in 1946, Troiano was a force in Canadian music for 40 years. He came to prominence first working with Toronto-based Robbie Lane and the Disciples, which backed up Arkansas rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins in the early '60s.

This was followed by performing as the guitarist with the Five Rogues, the Mandala, Bush, the James Gang (replacing Joel Walsh) and the Guess Who, as well as the Domenic Troiano Band. He also handled music supervision for films and TV, including the CBS series "Night Heat," "Diamonds" and "Hot Shots," among many others.

In demand for session work in both Toronto and Los Angeles in the '80s, Troiano appeared then on recordings by Steely Dan, Diana Ross, Joe Cocker and David Clayton-Thomas. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1996.

-- Larry LeBlanc, Toronto

After a 34-year run on CBS, the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards will move to ABC in 2006. The new deal will keep the show on the network until 2012.

The first show on ABC, set to air in November 2006, will mark the awards' 40th anniversary. The anniversary edition will air live from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, a move from the show's usual home at the much smaller Grand Ole Opry House.

In a separate deal, the CMA has struck a three-year agreement with ABC to air the prime time special "CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party." The first such special aired on CBS last summer. This year, ABC will air the event Aug. 2 from 9-11 p.m. (ET). It will be taped at the CMA Music Festival, taking place June 9-12 in Nashville.

-- Phyllis Stark, Nashville