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Phil Collins Unplugged

British rocker Phil Collins stopped by the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles last night, not to entertain, but to unveil a watercolor painting he created for Discover’s ‘Private Issue Card’. Collins is one of three celebrity artists whose works will be featured on the 1998 series of ‘Private Issue’ celebrity art credit cards. The 1998 ‘Private Issue Card’ will also feature a painting by country music star Randy Travis and a second in a series of works by the late Jerry Garcia. Collins painted a seascape featuring a rowboat amid a setting of sand dunes, sea and sky. In addition to featuring Collins’ artwork on its credit card, ‘Private Issue’ is also currently sponsoring The Phil Collins Big Band U.S. tour which concludes June 30 in New York City at a benefit concert for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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The guests who gathered on the private Redwood Deck at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre last night came to see — not hear — the talents of British musician and composer Phil Collins. Collins was assisted by jazz great Quincy Jones at the unveiling of the watercolor painting he created for the Private Issue Card. Collins is one of three celebrity artists whose works will be featured on the 1998 series of Private Issue celebrity art credit cards. The 1998 Private Issue Card will also feature a painting by country music star Randy Travis and a second in a series of works by the late Jerry Garcia.

“This is actually the first watercolor I’ve painted and I think it looks good,” Collins said about his work, “I kind of thought that watercolors were easier than oils, so I just dove in. The more I find out about watercolors, I’m learning that they are a technique artists usually try later on as they develop their talent.”

Collins painted a seascape featuring a rowboat amid a setting of sand dunes, sea and sky. Scenes featuring water and boats, he said, are a favorite theme.

“When I showed my mother these pictures I had created, they pretty much all had boats in them. She said that my grandmother painted and drew and everything had boats in them. So it’s strange, how life goes in cycles,” he commented.

In addition to his Private Issue watercolor, two of Collins’ pastels were on display at the unveiling reception.

“We’re very pleased with the painting Phil created for Private Issue,” Vicki L. McMannon, vice president, NOVUS Services, Inc., said. “It’s a serene, relaxing painting that I think his fans will really appreciate.”

Private Issue Sponsors The Phil Collins Big Band

In addition to featuring Collins’ artwork on its credit card, Private Issue is also sponsoring the current U.S. debut of The Phil Collins Big Band. The tour started June 12 in Saratoga, CA, and concludes June 30 in New York City at a benefit concert for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.

“I’ve always loved to listen to, and even play, big band music,” Collins explained. “Although some of the music I’ve written for earlier albums has had that kind of flavor, The Phil Collins Big Band is a totally new and exciting sound. This is something I’ve long wanted to do and thanks to Private Issue, I’m able to share this sound — and my art — with the U.S.”

“Unfortunately, to tour a big band these days is quite expensive. One of the reasons big band music declined in popularity was the expense of taking a band on the road. Without Private Issue our tour wouldn’t be possible.”

In addition to Collins at the drums and on selected vocals, The Phil Collins Big Band features vocalist Oleta Adams, several of his core band members, plus members of the Northern Illinois University Jazz Band. The Band’s repertoire includes Genesis’ and Collins’ songs arranged for big band by Sammy Nestico. Nestico is well known for his work with Count Basie and John Clayton, Jr., who works with Quincy Jones.

“I sing at the end,” he pointed out, “on a couple of Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones songs.”

The Private Issue Celebrity Art Collection

This is the fourth year that Private Issue has offered its Cardmembers a choice celebrity art reproduced on the face of their cards. The celebrity artist Private Issue Cards were introduced in July 1995, featuring works by musician Ringo Starr, actress Jane Seymour and Olympic gold medalist Florence Griffith Joyner. Since then, the Private Issue Card has featured works by actor Anthony Quinn, basketball star Patrick Ewing, rock singer Tina Turner and the late Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead. The complete portfolio of Private Issue artists is as follows:

       1995                 1996            1997         1998
    Ringo Starr        Anthony Quinn    Tina Turner   Randy Travis
    Jane Seymour       Patrick Ewing   Jerry Garcia   Phil Collins
    Florence Griffith- Jane Seymour     Patrick Ewing Jerry Garcia
     Joyner

Each year, Private Issue retires the works of two or more of its artists in order to introduce new works to the collection. As each artwork is retired, Private Issue funds a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) Level I ARTS (Arts Recognition and Talent Search) Award. Each award, which may be named in recognition of a celebrity whose artwork is being retired, includes a $3,000 cash grant and an all expense paid trip to NFAA’s ARTS week in Miami for an aspiring art student. Behind the celebrity artwork is a premium credit card that currently offers three financial options:
Rate Advantage — The Rate Advantage option is ideal for those who appreciate the ability to carry a balance at a more favorable rate. This option features a low annual percentage rate (APR) on purchases of the prime rate + 6.99% and there’s no annual fee.

5% Interest Rebate — Cardmembers who carry a balance and appreciate receiving an annual reward will find the 5% Interest Rebate option in their best interests. This option provides a 5% rebate on annual finance charges, paid yearly. There is no annual fee for the 5% Interest Rebate option and the annual percentage rate (APR) on purchases is the prime rate + 9.99%.

Cashback Bonus Award — The Cashback Bonus Award option is ideal for Cardmembers who like getting money back on purchases each year. They will enjoy receiving up to 2% back on their annual level of purchases, paid yearly up to a maximum Cashback Bonus Award of $500. This option features an annual percentage rate (APR) on purchases of the prime rate + 9.99%. The card has an annual fee of $18.

To apply for a Private Issue Card, consumers can call toll-free 800-4-PI-CARD (800-474-2273) or visit Private Issue on the internet at http://www.privateissue.com. The Private Issue Card, issued by a business unit of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co., is a general purpose credit card that is accepted nationwide wherever the NOVUS sign is displayed.

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