What do actors Jane Seymour and Anthony Quinn, athletes Florence Griffith-Joyner and Patrick Ewing and musicians Ringo Starr, Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Jerry Garcia and Randy Travis have in common?
They have all designed credit cards.Actually, it's their art on the credit cards - Novus/Discover Card, to be specific.
All of these pop-culture figures have donated paintings to the credit card company. In turn the company has featured the art on a special line called the Private Issue Card.
It all began back in 1995 with Starr, Seymour and Griffith-Joyner and has grown to include Collins and Travis this year. Those by Garcia and Ewing were issued two years in a row.
After Novus retires each painted card, Private Issue funds an arts recognition and talent search award for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Level I.
A cynic might think the gimmick smells of egos in action - big stars' paintings on credit cards and all.
But there's more: Talent search awards are usually named in recognition of the celeb whose art-work is being retired.
EGO TRIP WITHOUT A NET: David Lee Roth - yes, the dissed former front man for Van Halen - is back with a new group. The name? DLR Band, of course.
And its self-titled debut album is filled with run-of-the-mill sexual innuendo, the same kind of songs that Roth passed off as great music during the mid-'80s.
SPEAKING OF '80s METAL: Think dangling earrings, studded leather jackets and poofy hair. Yep, band reunions are now coming out of '80s.
Dio and Iron Maiden have come together for a "Metal Mania" tour, which will make stops in ballrooms, music theaters, clubs and amphitheaters.
Fellow metalhead WASP was also slated to join the tour but had to drop out because of prior commitments.
However, as of now the night of headbanger heaven will pass by Salt Lake City in silence.
LIFE ROCKS: The month of June has been a productive one in the hard rock world.
Metallica added one more fan to its group of devotees and Korn is awaiting a new arrival as well.
Metallica's James Hetfield has a new daughter, Cali Tee, who was born June 11. And Korn's guitarist Brian "Head" Welch and his wife Rebekkah are officially on the baby watch, expecting their first child this week.
Both events have postponed some of the bands' summer concert dates.
Korn had to drop completely out of Ozzfest, and Metallica will resume touring June 23.
COUNTRY PASSES: While June has been good to hard rock, it's been a little tough on the country music scene.
On June 2, Helen Carter Jones, of the Carter Sisters, passed away following an extended illness. She was 70.
Then on June 10, Steve Sanders, the guitarist who became one of the vocalists for the Oak Ridge Boys (1987-1995), took his own life with a gunshot to the head. He was 45.
The death of Royce Kendall - half of the daddy-daughter duo, the Kendalls - occurred in late May. Kendall was preparing for a concert with his daughter Jeannie in Iowa when he had a stroke. He was 63.