Hello everybody; my name is Daria; I
live in Vienna, Austria. I am student in the University of Vienna and I’m interested in Queen and Freddie Mercury since 2001/2002.
I was born in Ukraine, which was
then a part of the USSR. My father was a teenager in the 70s and it seemed that
the interest for the Western world among the Soviet youth started to increase;
but as (rock) music from the West was prohibited until the fall of Soviet Union
in 1991 – except for some ultra famous bands and/or musicians like The Beatles
who were extra pressed on a Soviet label, often on blue flexi discs, and a
little bit later Boney M. and ABBA – there was
circulating an illegal market with a selection of Queen, Yes, Led Zeppelin,
Pink Floyd & Co. tapes (! – not even LP’s). My father regularly
listened at his friend’s home to the music from the above
mentioned artists; his band even played “Love Of My Life” at their
When the Soviet Union fell in 1991
everything had changed; as life was getting harder, we settled down in Austria
in late 1993.
You may ask now how I got introduced
to Queen… that was indeed very exciting… My father bought the “A Night At The
Opera” album just when it was released on CD in winter/spring 1994; when I have
heard it for the first time, I thought it was opera, because it said ‘opera’ on
the cover (I was a little child then). I was so amused by the funny pieces,
especially “Seaside Rendezvous”, “Lazing On A Sunday
Afternoon” and “Good Company” and I immediately liked “Love Of My Life”. When
I’ve heard “Bohemian Rhapsody” for the first time I really had a strange
feeling, especially when my father told me then that the man who wrote this
song sadly died in 1991. Although I could not understand English then I turned
really sad as ‘the man’ started to sing ‘Mama…’.
My parents and I often listened to
this album but as school and life was getting complicated with the time, I soon
forgot it and rediscovered it just some time after I turned into a teenager, in
2001/2002. My interest for Queen and especially for Freddie Mercury started at
I tried to learn something about the
people behind this music – but doing this, I discovered a lot of controversial information
about Freddie Mercury; I learned that there were and still are many rumours
about him and so I began to scrutinize the information I received.
But even if there are still things to
be discovered, I am sure that in the end Freddie Mercury was an outstanding
artist - who lived a tragic life.
Some of my interests are: philosophy, classic literature/ reading, Christianity
and Jesus Christ, music, doing sports, art, languages and foreign cultures etc
with some Queen tribute videos I made at school: www.youtube.com/mercuriesque