Faces in the crowd: Heather Stream, ghost hunter

By Chase Lindley

This month, we are trying out something new. As a metalhead, when you're in a crowd, you sometimes see the most interesting faces, and you can't help but wonder, who are these people? What makes them tick? What drives them? This month, Chase took the time to talk one of those faces in the crowd, Heather Streamer. Do you know any other interesting metalheads? Let us know!

Hello, how are you?

Hey, good, is this Heather?

This is!

Hey, good to talk to you!

Good to talk to you too!

I sure appreciate you taking the time to talk to me. You seemed like a very interesting individual so I kind of wanted to get your take on a few things here.

Oh, no problem. I'm always here to answer questions.

So, how's thing's in... you live in Lincoln, Nebraska, right?

I live in Lincoln Nebraska. I am currently recovering from a push down Robber's Cave in Lincoln which is another haunted site. I have a hematoma on my right leg and I cracked my ankle.

Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.

Yeah, I was pushed down the stairs by an entity. It was not fun.

So, how recently did that happen?

It happened about six weeks ago and I'm still healing up.

Wow, so when that happened, did you see anything or hear anything that indicated to you that it was a supernatural phenomenon that occurred?

Yes. I was with my omulus and I was speaking to someone who was hiding and I was... there were three entities there. I could see them. I'm a seer. So there were three entities there. One of them was not a pleasant person. Earlier, I guess in the month, a lady was pushed down the stairs and she had to be removed by an ambulance. So, I was one of the lucky ones. They are not very friendly to women.

Wow, so was this pretty close by to where you live?

Yes it is.

Okay. Well hopefully you get better soon. I'm sorry to hear you're having a rough time with that.

Well, the hematoma is what I'm most worried about. I mean, I would've hit stone if I wasn't caught. I would've had my face planted in stone. It was interesting. I tried to walk it off but my injuries were a lot worse. The Robber's Cave is a very interesting haunted site. Because there's a brewery above it.

Oh, really?

Yes there is.

Well that's pretty cool.

The site was once a brewery as well.

Uh huh. Is it a pretty old one?

The first brewery happened in like the late 1800s and it closed down and then... the new brewery has been up for almost five years now.

I see. I just have a few questions for you here. Just to get started, if you could just tell me a little bit about yourself and what you do... I've kind of got some insight already from your essay that you sent me. But if you just want to tell us your name and where you're from and how you got started doing the paranormal stuff.

My name is Heather Stream and I live currently in Lincoln, Nebraska. I have been a seer and been into the paranormal all of my life. Which is over 40 plus years. Ghosts find me. I see them. I see things and I talk to people that are dead. I have had some strange happenings happen to me. I've have some very funny things happen to me. Very humorous as well. I currently live with ten spirits in my house. I have a portal in my house that is very hard to close. I also... I do this to help people. I dont charge anything. I dont believe in charging anything for my... I don't call them services. I just like to help people out. God gave me a talent and God gave me a gift, so... I'm going to school right now for criminal justice with Homeland Security curriculum and also minoring in psychology.

Oh, well very cool. I really enjoyed your essay and thought it was really interesting and the title kind of caught my attention as an R.E.M. fan and I had to ask, what kind of music are you into? Being a metal magazine, we're always interested in the kind of music that people are listening to at the time and could you tell us maybe a little bit about that?

The story "Losing My Religion" is actually... I was Wiccan and I turned to spiritual Catholicism. In regards to the incident that happened, the music that I'm into... I've seen everybody from Hatebreed to Warpigs to Lamb of God. I cooked for GWAR.

Yeah, I think you mentioned that on Twitter, I think. That's how we originally got in touch and that kind of caught my attention. That's really neat, as well.

I cooked for GWAR. I have met one up-and-coming band, Wilson, I know that's a plain-sounding name, but that drummer can really play. Being a percussionist myself for over 20 years, my favorite band is Rush.

Hey, that's one of mine too. Probably in my top two or three if I had to pick.

They've been my favorite band since I was 13 years old. 

Yeah, Neil Peart.

Neil Peart. I've listened to a lot of bands and I've seen Five Finger Death Punch three times now. I've seen Sick Puppies, Hellyeah, so many bands, I mean, I can critique them very well. But, as far as the story "Losing My Religion," it's because I went from Wicca to spiritual Catholicism because of that one event.

Yeah, that's really interesting. I thought the title was very fitting, as well. I definitely enjoyed your essay. Another question I had was this: does your paranormal experiences affect your music tastes at all? Would you say there's any kind of tie-in there?

No. Actually, not really. I delved into what I call "crunchy music" which is more death metal, because the people are… how do I put this? The people in death metal and other bands like Hatebreed or GWAR are really down-to-earth artists. And I've met quite a few of them whereas some of the more hair band groups that I grew up with were jerks.

Yeah.

All they thought about was getting laid.

Right. It was kind of more of an egotistical style that they had versus some of the more obscure, extreme metal groups.

Right. Like Volbeat's really... there's certain songs that really attach me to certain groups like Doc Holiday from Volbeat. That's one of my favorite songs. And since growing older, you always want to know what's on that other side just like with paranormal activities. So you always want to see what the other side of the spectrum is and I really enjoy going to all these kinds of bands. These new, harder bands that - death metal bands.

Yeah, yeah. So, does the subject material draw you in as somebody who investigates the paranormal? I know a lot of death metal deals a lot with death and other related subjects... does that kind of draw you in at all as a ghost hunter or is it just totally unrelated? Your music and your paranormal stuff?

Yes and no. Their lyrics with their intake and outtake of what they perceive as death - certain types of death - really intrigue me. And different songs. So, I like to hear people's opinions lyrically and also verbally in regards to death or punishment or going to Hell or going to Heaven or - instead of hearing romantic songs you hear from very popular bands. I don't want to hear that, I want to hear what they feel is going to be at the end of the road for them. If that makes sense.

Yeah, definitely. So you kind of want to get other takes on the afterlife, basically.

Yes.

Sure. Well, I think extreme metal's a pretty good place to look for that for sure.

Extreme metal... I grew up with all the hair bands when I was in high school. And that was metal. But then I started getting into Metallica. This was before "One" ever came out. I listened to "Master of Puppets." That was my very first dealing with that and Megadeth. And then Ozzy. And then it progressed from there where I was always still listening to Rush and then as I came to Lincoln, Nebraska, I was introduced into more harder playing bands that really - I mean, these guys give exercise a good name.

Yeah, for sure.

For instance, we saw Butcher Babies.

Uh huh.

I don't know if you've heard of that band.

I definitely have.

Those ladies can really... they're just like men. It's amazing. They can sing just like men. I like Warpigs a lot. Because he had an Iron Maiden-ish type of animation to him. And I'm really into bands that really speak to me like that.

Well, that's really cool. Could you tell us a little bit more about your experiences with meeting some of these bands? I know you mentioned that you cooked for GWAR, which is really cool. Could you expound on that and tell us about some of your favorite experiences you've had meeting bands?

Yes. I'm going to tell you how I first met GWAR.

Okay.

I worked for the state of Nebraska and we were right around the corner from The Bourbon in Lincoln, Nebraska. And I was walking around, minding my own business, when I walked by a guy with a whole bunch of tattoos in front of The Bourbon. And I knew GWAR was playing because friends of mine wanted to go see GWAR and we had tickets and this guy was just sitting out there smoking a cigarette and I just got into a conversation with him and said, "I love all your tattoos." And the conversation progressed from there and he goes, "You know I'm the bassist of GWAR."

Oh wow.

And I went, "Um, okay." Not a big deal. To me, they're people. They're not superstars. And I said, "Well why don't I just cook for you guys tonight so you guys don't have to eat out?" And he says, "Okay." And he was - Jameson was very pleasant, very nice, and very down-to-earth. Which I thought this guy was just gonna be 'I'm gonna tear your throat out' kind of people. But we brought barbecued meatballs, hashbrown casserole, and a cherry cheesecake that night.

That sounds awesome.

And it was very interesting because we knocked on the door and said, "We have food for the band GWAR. And a couple of them were on stage... um, Balsac the Jaws of Death was onstage and a couple of the others said, "Well, they're in the truck, let me go get them." So we brought in all the food and I just was... I was the one that introduced myself because we said, "We brought you some food." I didn't get to meet Dave Brockie. Which was a very big tragedy.

Yeah.

But we gave 'em food and after the concert was over - it was a great concert - there was the guy who played the turtle man came out onstage with a meatball hanging out of his mouth and said, "This is fucking great!"

(Laughs)

And I just laughed. So that's how that all started. And it goes to this day. How I met the band. I went to Council Bluffs. They had a rockfest there - I forget what the name of it was, but you really didn't get to meet a whole lot of people there because you'd be standing in line forever and the thing was, I had - the day before - I had gel put in my knee, so I was standing up, sitting down. Standing up, sitting down. The whole time. And I was - I just couldn't meet anybody. But I loved the bands. But at the Bourbon, you can meet anybody. And they find me. I always have a white t-shirt and they can always find me.

That's a good strategy.

I always bring my own Sharpie. I've had six of my t-shirts signed.

That's great.

And that's actually something everybody should start doing, is just wearing white t-shirts. Except for one guy, I remember, who wore an Under Armour shirt during a GWAR concert. He was bright pink-red when he came out. It was funny. I said, well that was really good, you just lost $35 in a shirt right there. So, but I've met these bands when they come out after their presentation and they would come and meet me and I would talk to them and they would sell their merchandise and I would just sit there sometimes and just talk to them just like they're normal people. Because they are. They're just normal people.

Yeah.

But The Bourbon is one of the best places to really meet bands. I don't mean to advertise.

Yeah. Is it a smaller venue, I guess?

It is a smaller venue, but it is a very popular venue. That's where GWAR always plays. I believe the only reason they come to Lincoln now is because of the food. I'm really studying some of the bands as well because I want to see their artistic talent, not just their music, but their artistic talent and I've been very very impressed by some of them that have come.

So, I have to ask: what is your opinion of the band Ghost?

I love 'em.

I do too. (Laughs).

I love them. I love them. They are great showmen. The lead singer especially. I've heard only a couple songs, but I must confess that I am a big fan.

Awesome. I thought that it would tie in pretty well with your style and everything so I had to ask that question.

I've seen the band Ghoul too. They're almost like Slipknot. I've met Slipknot. I mean, I've met them behind... they were interesting. One of the most interesting talks I've had with a band was Slipknot. I went backstage because I was security and I looked back at them and said, "You know, I should take you all home to meet my mom." And they just laughed. This was when the lead singer... I think it was the lead singer before he died. I don't remember. I don't really follow the band.

So meeting Slipknot... was it a generally positive experience?

Oh yes. You could hear them 50,000 miles away and they would just play excellent.

Yeah. That's awesome.

Ask me about some other bands, because I can tell you if I've heard of them or not. I've heard 3 Doors Down, they're pretty good. I knew of a girl who went to school with the guys from Green Day. That was in California. I mean, I've met so many bands. And I actually - for my recital, I had to play the whole 23 minutes of "2112." I had splinters in my fingers afterwards. I usually wear my workout gloves.

Well that's really cool that you're into Rush because I am very much into Rush myself for sure.

They don't know how they've influenced music.

Right.

And now that they're - that most of them have retired because they've got arthritis or they're just too tired - now these new bands are coming in and it's interesting. 

So are there any other shows you've been to that stand out to you?

Five Finger Death Punch.

Are you a big fan of them?

Yes. They took a cover of Bad Company and made it into a military song. My dream is to have one of these bands play on The Walking Dead.

That would be awesome.

The reason why - especially during the fight scenes - because I'm a big Walking Dead fan, well not fan, but I just watch it a lot. And I really - I just think that some of the music should be incorporated instead of some of this garbage that I hear on the show.

That's a great suggestion. You should get a hold of AMC and let them know.

Absolutely. I could try, because there are so many bands out there that are just starting out that need that push.

Yeah, yeah. So you said you've met Lamb of God as well?

Yes.

How was that experience?

That was interesting because I don't know any of their music. And I never listened to them before, but I've heard of them and I thought, "Well, Lamb of God, they're probably a Christian rock band and I was wrong."

Not so much.

And so I went to their concert and they were amazing. They were amazing. Although I was in the crowd, I... people just knew their music, they danced to their music, they had great pits. They had the crowd going.

Yeah I bet.

And to me, the bigger the pit, the better the band.

That's a great indicator for sure.

One of the biggest pits I think I've seen... oh well, there's GWAR, which is always really big. But there's... gosh I forget because there's so many. But there was one band that I saw that had this humongous pit... oh, it was Danzig.

Wow.

They had a pit... and I saw him... and I have a story about him that would make you laugh. And it would upset him if he heard it. Doyle from the Misfits came on and this guy didn't look a day over 26 years old. Six-pack abs and as tall as ever. And here's Glenn Danzig, and you can see his girdle underneath his shirt. I just went, "Oh my gosh." And I told my friend, "Do you know he's wearing a girdle under his shirt?" And we just laughed. Age is an evil mistress.

I was going to say, he's getting up there in years.

Yeah, but Doyle was with him in the Misfits... aren't they the same age?

I would think so. I'm not really sure. I'd have to do some research on that.

But Doyle didn't look a day over 26.

Wow. That's pretty cool. It's funny how age hits people differently, you know?

Oh yes. And they sounded great. Danzig sounded great. Now I can mark that off my bucket list of bands to meet. I've met... I had a personal meeting with Roger Daltrey of The Who for my 40th birthday. That was a religious experience.

I bet. That's a big deal!

Yes. He was number two on my bucket list of people to meet before I die.

Wow. Who's number one?

Neil Peart. I'll never meet him.

Hey, never say never.

Unless I go to Santa Barbara, which is back in California where I used to live for 27 years, I don't think so.

Well maybe one day. It's something to aspire to.

Definitely. Here's hoping.

Well, I sure appreciate your time and is there anything else you might like to add?

Just push your magazine and always remember to listen to the band and always listen to the lyrics, because something will bring you to the band.

For sure. Well, thank you.

Thank you so much for the interview. I appreciate this.

Hey, not a problem. It was great to talk to you, Heather!

Great to talk to you.

 

Chase Lindley