Travis Barker Recovering- A Year Late and 50 Cent Short?- Hendrix Drummer Died of Natural Causes- Lauper Hives Xmas- Thrice Bonus- Costner Rocks? and more

(antiMusic) Here are the quick music news stories for today: Mark Hoppus gave MTV News an update on the status of his friend and sometimes-bandmate Travis Barker, who is still recovering from September's fatal plane crash. Hoppus said that the drummer is "doing as well as anyone can under such awful circumstances," and added that "He's home right now with his family, and he's healing and trying to stay as positive as he can." more

Originally due Dec. 16, 50 Cent's new album, "Before I Self Destruct," has been pushed to an unspecified date in early 2009.more

Mitch Mitchell, the legendary drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, died in his sleep of natural causes, US medical tests revealed.more

The Hives and Cyndi Lauper have collaborated on a Christmas song. The Swedish garage band and the 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun' singer will release 'A Christmas Duel' as a free download on November 28. more

Today Thrice unveils a limited edition t-shirt bundle for the first 500 pre-orders of their upcoming Thrice - Live at The House of Blues three disc DVD set. The t-shirt is an exclusive design and available ONLY through this pre-order. want it?

Unitopia has just shot a new video for their song "This Life" off of "The Garden," their two-disc debut for InsideOut. watch the video

TMZ had this piece of need to know information that they sent over: Britney Spears is talking to NBC about performing live at the Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony on December 3. more. You would think she'd want to be a network that has actual viewers.

Freya, featuring Karl Buechner of Earth Crisis, has announced the addition of three new members to their band. Joining the group is Brendon Flynn (War Of Attrition) on guitar, John Sullivan (War Of Attrition) on guitar, and Graham Mitchell (ex-The Red Death) on drums.more

He's played Wyatt Earp, Robin Hood and Eliot Ness in the movies, but Kevin Costner says his most natural gig is playing music with his band. Costner, 53, and his band, Modern West, released their debut CD, "Untold Truths," this week. more

Convicted pedophile Gary Glitter has had his brick removed from the Cavern Club's wall in Liverpool.more

Elton John will perform a New Year's Eve concert at London's O2 arena, it has been announced. more

The Black Keys have announced the release of their latest live DVD. The Black Keys Live at The Crystal Ballroom was filmed earlier this year in Portland. The DVD will hit stores on Tuesday more

Reunited Swedish metallers Hydrogen recently had a lineup change, announcing that their new bassist, replacing Palle, was Olver Vowden. more

Propagandhi have announced through their website that they have completed the recording of their new album, which will follow 2005's Potemkin City Limits. more

The Ataris are about to begin recording their new album in December with an eye towards a summer 2009 release. The band has posted a short clip on YouTube of a new rough demo that they just completed. Check it out here

In the latest episode of "Talking Metal," recorded at the Channel 4 Pub in New York City's Rockefeller Center, hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy participate in the second to the last installment of their countdown to one of the world's most anticipated albums, Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy." Topics include the official "Chinese Democracy" listening parties, Bumblefoot, Chris Pitman, and Best Buy The podcast can be downloaded at this location.

China will name and shame artists who lip-synch or engage in other "fake" acts at commercial concerts, with repeat offenders getting their performing licenses revoked, local media reported on Thursday, citing the Ministry of Culture.more. Guess you can strike China off of Britney's tour calendar.

NYC godfathers of sludge Negative Reaction have announced the recent return of drummer, John "Old Mac" MacDonald to the fold.more

Set Your Goals have started to plan their summer well in advance. The band is looking to tour extensively through the United States playing new cities and ones they haven't visited in some time. more

Members of the Esoteric have resurfaced in Hammerlord, a retro-thrash/metal/punk project. The group features Esoteric vocalist Stevie Cruz, bassist Terry Taylor, drummer Adam Mitchell and guitarists Ty Scott and J.P. Gaughan.more

Jetboy wishes to announce the recent addition of drummer Doug Hovan. Doug Hovan will be replacing Jeff Moscone, who will be lending his youthful enthusiasm to a host of new projects. more

"Live with Regis and Kelly" is calling all on aspiring musicians, composers and songwriters to take a shot at re-working the show's theme song, win $100,000 and perhaps get a break in the music business. - more

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