Stormy Daniels Talks Friendship With Pantera, Vinnie Paul's Death, Love of Metal | Revolver

Stormy Daniels Talks Friendship With Pantera, Vinnie Paul's Death, Love of Metal

Daniels cites Pantera as "second favorite band of all time," just behind Slipknot
Stormy Daniels, 2018

Stormy Daniels became a household name when she famously revealed she'd had a brief affair with Donal Trump and was paid $130,000 in "hush money," before showing resilience in the face of brutal and disturbing slut-shaming by the media. Promoting her new book Full Disclosure, which is out now via St. Martin's Press, Daniels recently talked to All That Shreds, revealing her heartbreak over the death of her longtime friend Vinnie Paul and sharing other stories about her lifelong love for metal music. Working as a dancer in a Florida strip club one night, she met Paul when birthday celebrations for Pantera's guitar tech brought the band in for a night on the town. 

"So I brought him up on stage," Daniels recalled. "This started an ongoing friendship with PANTERA, and I spent a couple of weeks with them on tour. I had sex with a hot redhead under the drum riser as Vinnie was playing. It was sad when Vinnie Paul passed away, as I was finishing the chapter in my book about PANTERA. We've been friends for so long, and it was pretty hard." 

Daniels, who grew up in Louisiana, said she dances exclusively to heavy metal when she performs. "My butt can't dance to rap or anything like that," she explained. She was introduced to the genre by a metalhead boyfriend as a teenager, according to her book: "He turned me on to all the music I still listen to today. Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Skid Row and Poison." Her fandom led her to sneak away alone to see Metallica as a teenager, an adventure she recounted to All That Shreds. "I'd just turned 17, and Metallica was playing on a weeknight," she said. "Nobody would go with me, because their parents wouldn't let them. So I bought a ticket. Now, keep in mind — this is before GPS. I got a map and drove myself to the Metallica concert. I triumphantly made it. I changed in the parking lot as it wasn't something you should wear in public. I went in, and it was general admission and was right up against the barricade in front of the stage for a kickass concert."