rude awakening

Rude Awakening (Megadeth album)

Rude Awakening, Megadeth's last album 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.)

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.

The album was a near total rejection of much of Megadeth's "softer material" (such as the album Risk, which had no songs featured) and was seen as a return to their heavier, more 'metal' days of the 1980s and the early 1990s. (much of the material, if not all, were hand-picked by many Megadeth fans who voted for the line-up on

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

All songs written by Dave Mustaine, except where noted.

Disc 1

  1. "Dread and the Fugitive Mind" – 4:12
  2. "Kill the King" – 3:50
  3. "Wake Up Dead" – 3:26
  4. "In My Darkest Hour" (Mustaine, David Ellefson) – 5:28
  5. "Angry Again" – 3:22
  6. "She-Wolf" – 8:17
  7. "Reckoning Day" (Mustaine, Marty Friedman, Ellefson) – 4:24
  8. "Devil's Island" – 5:06
  9. "Train of Consequences" – 4:30
  10. "A Tout le Monde" – 4:49
  11. "Burning Bridges" – 4:56
  12. "Hangar 18" – 4:45
  13. "Return to Hangar" – 3:54
  14. "Hook in Mouth" (Mustaine, Ellefson) – 4:40

Disc 2

  1. "Almost Honest" (Mustaine, Friedman) – 3:57
  2. "1000 Times Goodbye" – 6:14
  3. "The Mechanix" – 4:36
  4. "Tornado of Souls" (Mustaine, Ellefson) – 5:47
  5. "Ashes in Your Mouth" (Mustaine, Friedman, Ellefson, Nick Menza) – 6:04
  6. "Sweating Bullets" – 4:38
  7. "Trust" (Mustaine, Friedman) – 6:46
  8. "Symphony of Destruction" – 4:50
  9. "Peace Sells" – 5:22
  10. "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due"/"Silent Scorn" – 8:51


  • There is an 11th 'special bonus track' called "Peace Sells Medley" which includes songs that 'morph' into other. Peace Sells into Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" into 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 A Tout Le Monde to the victims of the September 11th attacks and mentions this before performing it.
  • The Album/DVD cover shares a theme from the Metallica Video - 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 / Use the Man were released on Still Alive... And Well?.
  • "Prince of Darkness" opened the first show and is available only by bootleg on the band's unofficial website (The Realms Of Deth).




Year Chart Position
2002 The Billboard 200 115
2002 France 93

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