Megadeth roared back on the heavy metal scene in 2001 with its Sanctuary Records debut 'The World Needs a Hero,' which debuted in the Billboard Top 15. The successful world tour for 'The World Needs a Hero' has yielded 'Rude Awakening,' Megadeth's first-ever live album and 10th full-length release overall. 'Rude Awakening,' a two-CD set, will be released by Sanctuary on March 19, 2002. Vocalist/lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, lead guitarist Al Pitrelli, bass guitarist David Ellefson and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso recorded 24 skull-slamming songs for 'Rude Awakening' including hit singles, fan favorites and rare tracks. In fact, the set lists were chosen by the fans via voting through the band's official web site, www.megadeth.com.
The artwork for 'Rude Awakening' has been created by Storm Thorgerson, best known for his Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin album covers.
The songs featured on 'Rude Awakening' are:
Dread & The Fugitive Mind
Megadeth has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide since forming in 1985. The band is in the enviably rare position of earning mainstream critical acclaim, such as seven Grammy Award nominations. Reaction to last year's Megadeth tour was overwhelmingly positive:
"The two-hour set, like the band's catalog, was a relentless but technically pure jackhammer of solid, old-school metal!" - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Fire and brimstone performance, the best impression Mustaine ever made!" - Indianapolis Star
"Megadeth fed off the energy of the rabid crowd as Mustaine and his bandmates slashed through a 2-hour, 21-song set." - East Valley Tribune
'Rude Awakening' is also set for release as a live DVD and VHS home video on April 9, 2002. Extras include interviews, b-roll footage, studio footage of the recording of 'The World Needs a Hero' and bonus concert footage. The video was directed by Christoffer Saltzgaber and produced by Dean Karr's company The Mine (Dave Matthews, Cypress Hill, Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden).