Ha ha, I love Johnny's "grand" entrance and how it was timed with one of the band's raising high of his guitar. Pretty cool, and also quite clear to me that Johnny was having an absolutely enjoyable time skating live to the music of this ancient "unhip" golden oldie (yet still rockin') group.
Johnny's often cheeky and sometimes wittily contrary in interviews. On the ice, he's very diva-licious and entertaining. From his more introverted exhibition performances circa 2004, to the gorgeously lyrical and sublime (Nature Boy and Ave Maria), to the personal emotion yet operatic declaration of Heartbroken, to the experimentally over-the-top fabulous-ness of Poker Face and Bad Romance, Johnny has certainly grown into his current unmistakably outrageous on-ice persona.
And now verbatim, Johnny's actual words from the Improv on Ice interview, which unsurprisingly have been misinterpreted in regard to his regard toward Styx and their music.
At 3:50 - 4:28 in the below video clip:
And earlier in the below video clip:To be honest, I’ve never really listened to Styx music. Styx was hot pretty much before my time, so I definitely never learned about them or who they were or their music. Styx is the curve ball. A top-40 pop song, fine we hear ‘em everyday in the taxi. But Styx … Styx will be interesting. I may give them the stage for like a minute and a half, and then just kind of pop out, maybe roll around on the stage while they’re performing. I don’t know how cool they are. I don’t know how old they are. God only knows what’s going to happen today. (laughter)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=EW3m6bMkpmsImprovising on the spot definitely lends itself to my personality... Everything is fair game for me. I am after all, me. (purses his lips in a kiss to the camera).