Scott Hamilton's 'Stars on Ice' Farewell Tour
Kurt and Scott Interview Transcript from Canada AM with Jeff Hutcheson
April 12, 2001 9:35:00 - 9:41:15 Eastern Time
Copyright 2001 CTV Television, Inc.
HUTCHESON: We're back at the Halifax Metro Centre. Stars
on Ice begins here on Sunday. It goes across the country until May
1, 12 locations, I think. Scott Hamilton is here this morning.
Good to see you again, Scott.
HAMILTON: Thank you very much.
HUTCHESON: And Kurt Browning as well.
HAMILTON: The most overworked person on this tour.
HUTCHESON: Just ask him.
HAMILTON: No, they have him doing AOL chats until like a
bazzilion midnights. And then it's like, okay, then he gets
treatment because he's in most of the show --
BROWNING: I was late.
HAMILTON: He was late. You overslept.
HUTCHESON: I've got to tell you too, the last time Kurt was on
our show he was sort of imploring, "Why can't I be on Canada's Walk
of Fame?" And he comes on Canada AM and now he has been elected to
Canada's Walk of Fame.
HAMILTON: Anything else you want over here?
BROWNING: I'll make a list. I'll have it to you by Christmas.
HUTCHESON: Now Scott, you've heard this a lot, it's kind of being
said that this is Scott Hamilton's farewell tour. But by the time
you are done you will have done 77 shows since after Christmas.
HUTCHESON: So is it your farewell tour or is it your "I'm really
going to cut back now" tour?
HAMILTON: It's more of a cut back tour, but we'll see. It
depends on what opportunities there are out there and what I feel
I have been doing this for a long time. And it just seemed that
if I didn't make a statement of "This is it" it would never happen.
So, this is it.
We'll see where it goes. There's a lot of things I would like to
do on the ice. It just depends on if I can put them together and
if people are interested in seeing them.
HUTCHESON: What's out there still? I mean, I know you have done
sort of everything -- the singing, the acting. What's out there?
What's the plan in your head that you want to do? There's got to
be something in there.
HAMILTON: Yeah. I want to do a stage show, on ice. That's the
next thing. I have talked to some people about it and there seems
to be some interest. So, it's possible. Whether or not we can put
something together that's really unique and innovative and
something the public would really support, that's yet to be seen.
It's going to take a couple of years to develop it though.
HUTCHESON: How is it skating with a guy like this, on a tour like
this? I mean, I know you're going to go through Canada. And you
have been through a lot of these different things. Is there a
different audience feel when Scott is involved?
BROWNING: Yeah, everyone is awake. [laughter] Skating with Scott
has been very educational for me. It's been a lot of fun too. He
has been a real influence on my career.
BROWNING: Well, Scott gave me permission to have fun.
HAMILTON: By the way, find out the things that you like and do
those. Find out the things you don't like and don't do those.
BROWNING: Exactly. Turning professional was fun. And he just
got on the ice and invited the people on the ice with him. He has
just taught me a lot.
HUTCHESON: When you make that transition, like you just said, I
mean there is a lot to what you just said. If you have been in
that routine of having to do this for the judges and that for the
judges is it tough to break out of that and say, "Okay, I can do a
backflip now if I want"?
HAMILTON: Not for him.
BROWNING: Yeah, for some it is.
HAMILTON: Kurt is a natural entertainer. I mean, there is so
much in there. You look at it, and it comes through him. He's a
natural communicator. He moves, it's a natural ability that he has
to communicate to an audience -- a big audience, not just nine
judges. And he's very versatile as well. And so, the professional
world is built for him, it's made for him. It is.
BROWNING: It's fun, it's a place where both you and your audience
can have fun, or both of you can go down in flames together.
HAMILTON: But there's more to it than just the jumps. A lot of
people look at skating as competitive and that's it. Beyond that,
it's just whatever. But when you get into the professional side of
it and you see what Kurt brings to the ice every single day and how
he can really impact an audience, there is such value in that that
can't be put up on a marque.
HUTCHESON: And the other thing is too, you said earlier in the
program that what they do jump-wise now with the quads is so much
different from your time. Yet, people still come out to see the
Scott Hamilton brand of skating. So, is it following a person? Is
it following a routine? Is it for the fun of it?
HAMILTON: No, it's entertainment. We're entertainers. It's not
about being world champion.
BROWNING: It helps. [laughter, overtalk]
HAMILTON: It's about really touching an audience. This is my
17th year as the professional. I was an amateur for 16. That's
from the day I put on skates until the day I retired from world
competition. So that's one year longer as the professional than I
was an amateur.
BROWNING: What's wild about it is that this year he is almost as
technically strong -- you know, there's a few triples out -- but
technically Scott's as strong as he's been since I started being
HAMILTON: This is the hardest show I've ever had.
HUTCHESON: Why is that, this one?
HAMILTON: Because it's the last one! [laughter, overtalk]
BROWNING: Do you know how many doctors we have back there?
HAMILTON: Two therapists this year. It's crazy.
HUTCHESON: You have been on this tour through the States, right?
BROWNING: I have been with Chrysler's Stars on Ice for over a
decade and been in the States with Scott for six years.
HUTCHESON: Right. Did you do the first 65 events of the show?
HUTCHESON: Now, to me, you look at schedules, you look at being
in shape, you look at what hockey players do or baseball players
to. This is day in, day out gruelling.
BROWNING: I think it's a different animal. As an amateur you
really need to peak two or three times a year, maybe now more. As
a professional you need to peak 60, 70, 80 times a year. And that
consistency is something I had to work on.
HAMILTON: I like these guys who go "I have a ten-day road trip."
I'm like, cry me a river. I have a four-month road trip, you know.
I do want to ever about it. [laughter]
HUTCHESON: Now, listen, you are retiring but I know you have
these nifty golf clubs over here. Usually golf clubs are a
retirement present. This seems to be a loaded bag.
HAMILTON: No, this is my friend. [Demonstrates the golf clubs as
a prop for his skating act]
BROWNING: I can see why he takes this bag everywhere. It's
really got its own personality.
HUTCHESON: And I'm guessing you will see that if you come and see
Stars on Ice.
HUTCHESON: Hey, Scott, thank you. Good luck. Nice to meet you.
Kurt, thank you.
BROWNING: Good to see you again. Sorry I was late.
HUTCHESON: Walk of Fame member, too.
BROWNING: I won't be late for the show.
HUTCHESON: Now, he'll be there on time.