Rude Awakening (Megadeth album)

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Rude Awakening is a live album by American heavy metal band Megadeth. It is the last release before the band was broken up for the first time in 2002, was released by Sanctuary Records in 2002. (The band was 'restarted' in 2004, with only Dave Mustaine remaining from the previous lineup. David Ellefson rejoined the band in 2010.)

The album was going to be recorded live at a concert in Argentina, but due to the September 11, 2001 attacks, the band decided to record it live in the United States.

Tracks on the album and DVD are taken from two live concerts, performed two nights in a row in November 2001. The first night was at the Rialto Theater in Tucson, Arizona, followed the next day by an almost identical performance (To ensure clean audio and video footage, and for a variety of editing options), at the Web Theater in Phoenix, Arizona.



Track listing

Disc 1

Disc 2


  • There is an eleventh 'special bonus track' called "Peace Sells Medley" which includes songs that 'morph' into other. "Peace Sells" into Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" into the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K." back into "Peace Sells" starting with the'Can you put a price on peace?' bridge intro.
  • This is the only Megadeth album which does not include the band logo or title on the immediate cover. It is located on the side bar of the album instead.
  • Dave Mustaine dedicated the performance of "À Tout le Monde" to the victims of the September 11th attacks and mentions this before performing it.
  • The album/DVD cover shares a theme with the Metallica music video for "Enter Sandman". (The boy falling from the top of a building while in bed.)
  • Two previously unreleased tracks from the concert, "The Conjuring" and "Time: The Beginning"/"Use the Man" were released on Still Alive... and Well? (which also features "In My Darkest Hour", "Sweating Bullets", "Symphony of Destruction" and "Holy Wars").
  • "Prince of Darkness" opened the first show and is available only by bootleg on the band's unofficial website (The Realms Of Deth).
  • The cover is very similar to a poster for the movie Brazil by Terry Gilliam, although such a scene doesn't appear in the film itself.
  • The cover features automobiles from the PC Videogame Grand Theft Auto.
  • The Cover Art design by Storm Thorgerson and Peter Curzon.
  • "Silent Scorn" can be heard as a tape outro for the band during "Holy Wars".

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