That was the first show ever in history of Irvine Meadows that the barricade got broke. Other bands like Slayer and Megadeth played there, but nothing happened.Glenn Danzig / Danzig interview, Corsair, 12 October 1994
It was a great show for us because we didn't get any video airplay up until "Mother". People just refused to acknowledge and that show was kind of a statement. All these big bands couldn't sell out the Irvine Meadows. We came in and sold the place 150 percent over.
The How the Gods Kill tour started in July 1992, seven shows opening for BLACK SABBATH, before moving to Europe through September and early October. The Irvine show was early in the US leg which ran from late October until the end of the year supported by WHITE ZOMBIE and KYUSS.
The live tracks made up the second half of Thrall: Demonsweatlive. The studio (Thrall) side included the single "It's Coming Down", "The Violet Fire" and a cover of "Trouble", originally sung by Elvis.
The Irvine show was professionally filmed but remains unreleased, the complete audio recording exists with collectors on cassette.
DANZIG's best known song "Mother" was originally released in 1988, the lead single from the eponymous debut LP. In 1993 the song was remixed by The Louie Brothers and reissued as a single, entitled Mother '93. The accompanying video - which incorporated footage from this Irvine show - was played extensively on MTV in 1993 and 1994. The single b-side was "Mother (Live)", although in reality it's the '93 remix with overdubbed crowd noise.
"Mother" wasn't reissued in the UK until April/May 1994. Now entitled "Mother '94", it is the same remix as "Mother '93".
"Mother '93" has been included on Thrall: Demonsweatlive since its fourth pressing.