Frank Turner is Iron Maiden Genius, Wins Award

Test yourself with the same questions that Frank Turner won the Mastermind trophy with Iron Maiden as his specialist subject.

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Acoustic punk minstrel Frank Turner tested his extreme knowledge of Iron Maiden on the ultimate British quiz show this week.

He went on to win the contest by answering the questions below on Mastermind, which is known as the most difficult quiz show in the country. In the show, contestants take part in a specialist subject of their choice, and are given difficult questions to test their knowledge.

"I want that trophy. I want it real bad," he said during the recording. Upon winning the trophy and raising a cash prize for a homeless charity, Turner said: "It's been on my bucket list to be on Mastermind since I was a kid. I'm very very proud to be on it."

So who can do better that Frank? Test yourselves at these questions, with the answers below. Go!

Iron Maiden Questions:

1. Iron Maiden was founded by Steve Harris on which day in 1975?

2. Who was the original lead singer, replaced by Dennis Wilcock?

3. In August 2010 Iron Maiden released their 15th studio album. What was it called?

4. Iron Maiden left Sanctuary Records in 2006. What was the name of the new company they joined, run by their manager, Rod Smallwood?

5. What was the nickname of Barry Graham Purkis, the drummer who briefly appeared with the band in 1977?

6. On what tour in 2008 did lead singer Bruce Dickinson first pilot the band and their entourage in a Boeing 757 named Ed Force One?

7. Which best-of album, released in 2002, includes the track "The Wicker Man," inspired by the cult horror film?

8. What is the title of the 2009 feature-length documentary and live album recorded during the Somewhere Back in Time tour?

9. The band's longest single to date, "The Ryme of the Ancient Mariner," is on which 1984 album?

10. The chart-topping 1988 album "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" was inspired by a book by which American science fiction writer?

11. Which song, said to be the first by Steve Harris, was used as the B-side of the "Running Free" single in 1980?

12. On the Final Frontier tour of 2010-11, what did the band's mascot Eddie appear as during the song Iron Maiden?

13. Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith returned to the band on 11 July 1999 in a concert at which venue in St John, New Brunswick?

Don't look down until you answer all the questions!


Here're the answers:

1. Christmas Day

2. Paul Day

3. "The Final Frontier"

4. Phantom Music Management (Turner passed)

5. Thunderstick

6. Somewhere Back in Time

7. Edward the Great

8. Flight 666 (Turner was incorrect)

9. "Powerslave"

10. Orson Scott Card

11. "Burning Ambition" (Turner was incorrect)

12. An alien mutant (Turner passed)

13. Harbour Station (Turner was incorrect)

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12 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Iron Maiden genius who doesn't know Powerslave tracklist (question 9)? Oh, come on...
    Just watched the episode and he got that question correct. Typical UG article.
    Well, thanks for correction. Looks like UG fixed the article, too.
    Frank Turner is fantastic so I'm glad UG is writing up stuff on him even if it is this random
    I was at the Saint John, New Brunswick show. Hardly 2000 people there but still was a great show.
    got 7 of them! I have been a fan of Maiden for 25 years and have played in a Maiden cover band lol