Rush's Geddy Lee will be making an in-store appearance at L.A.'s Book Soup on Sunset Boulevard on Wednesday, January 30th. Lee, who'll be meeting fans and signing copies of his new Big Beautiful Book Of Bass, will be on hand from five to eight p.m. For more info, check out the event guidelines – via Billy Joel has just added his 67th consecutive show at Madison Square Garden, set for August 28th. The gig will mark the “Piano Man's” 113th career gig at the hallowed New York City arena. Billy's Garden residency has just started its fifth consecutive year. (Broadway World) Peter Frampton will receive the coveted Les Paul Innovation Award on Saturday (January 26th) in Anaheim, California at the 34th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards. According to the press release, “The award is given to those individuals who personify the innovative thinking of Les Paul, the Father of Modern of Music. The Les Paul Foundation partners with NAMM each year to honor the individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology, which also celebrates the legacy of the late, great Les Paul.” Frampton, a longtime Gibson Les Paul player — and a fan and friend of the late-guitar icon, said in a statement: “It is a distinct honor to receive the Les Paul Innovation Award. I would say that many of my career highlights occurred while holding an instrument in my hands that bears Les Paul's name. I was lucky enough to know him personally, and I owe him so much. He was a wonderful character as well as a genius! An incredible guitar player as well as the inventor of so much music technology. Les changed the way we record forever. I can only hope that I've been able to make a fraction of the positive impact that Les Paul made in his iconic career.” Previous Les Paul Innovation Award recipients include Pete Townshend, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Slash, Steve Vai, Todd Rundgren, Jackson Browne, and producer Don Was, among others Def Leppard guitarist Viv Campbell revealed that the band nearly covered an ABBA classic last year. In a new video shot for Leppard's social media platforms, Campbell admitted that the band came close to recording ABBA's 1976 hit “Knowing Me, Knowing You” rather than Depeche Mode's “Personal Jesus” as one of the bonus tracks on The Story So Far – The Best Of Def Leppard compilation. Campbell said, “I thought that we would rock the hell out of ABBA because of our vocals. So I wrote back to everyone, and I said, ''Knowing Me, Knowing You' by ABBA. I think we could do a great rock version of it, plus there's a little harmony lying in it, an instrumental line, that would have been a great rock guitar line.' I know it's a bit of a happy song, but I think we could have darkened it up a bit. Anyway, that one got shot down in flames so I said, 'Why don’t we do 'Personal Jesus' by Depeche Mode'?” (Planet Rock) Former-Eagles guitarist Don Felder has inked a new recording deal with BMG and will release American Rock N' Roll — his first new studio set since 2012's Road to Forever. Among the high-profile guests on the new album are Sammy Hagar, Slash, Mick Fleetwood, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and Joe Satriani. (Press release)