Rude Awakening is the first live album by American heavy metal band Megadeth. The album was released by Sanctuary Records in 2002, and is the last release before the band broke up in 2002. It was released in both CD and DVD formats. The album was originally 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.
2002’s ‘Rude Awakening’ is the first official live album by thrash metal pioneers Megadeth. Released 16 years after their formation (what took them so long?), it sadly comes during a somewhat weird time in the bands history. Having just gone pop rock with 1999’s ‘Risk’ and then attempting a return to their roots with the rather stoic and ed ‘The World Needs a Hero’, the band were suffering greatly around the turn of the century, and just a year later would split up (thankfully they’d return eventually). A fairly disappointing live release, ‘Rude Awakening’ isn’t overly memorable and serves only as an addition to the Megadeth collection for die-hard fans. And hell, even the front cover is kind of goofy!
Megadeth Rude Awakening. Release date: March 19th, 2002. Catalog ID: 06076-84544-2. Label: Sanctuary Records.
Rude Awakening is the first live album by American heavy metal band Megadeth.
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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.