Tributes as Gin Goblins singer Mikie Jacobs dies

Mikie Jacobs, far left, with the Gin Goblins
Mikie Jacobs, far left, with the Gin Goblins
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SHOCKED friends have paid tribute to a stalwart of the Capital’s punk music scene after his body was found in Holyrood Park.

Mikie Jacobs, lead singer of well-known punk bands Gin Goblins and The Pink Dogs, was found dead in the park on Sunday morning.

A member of the public discovered the 49-year-old’s body near the ruins of St Anthony’s Chapel. The Leith musician, who had performed countless gigs for charity over more than two decades, is understood to have taken his own life.

An apparent suicide note had been posted on Jacobs’ official Facebook page five days earlier. He wrote: “Please believe me it’s breaking my heart and head to have to say that there will be no more pinkdogs gigs – at least not with me anyway.”

Tributes have flooded in for the Gin Goblins frontman, who had been a larger-than-life character on Edinburgh’s music scene since the 1980s.

Brother Fraz Jacobs posted: “I love you and miss you.” Fan Robert James Alexander said: “I was blown away by your on-stage performances, but I’ll remember you most for being a guy with a generous heart who helped and cared for others less fortunate than yourself.”

Jacobs started his musical career as a guitarist with Gargleblud before forming Gin Goblins in 1992 and filling the role of vocalist.

The outfit became known for their high-energy live shows, making regular appearances across the Capital over the next two decades. One reviewer described them as “mad, bad and with strange parts of their anatomy pierced”.

The biggest exposure for Jacobs on the international music scene came during a two-year stint as bass player for The Exploited – a Scottish rock punk band inspired by the Sex Pistols and The Clash.

A major fan of English rock outfit The Damned, Jacobs’ bands were no stranger to controversy. The cover artwork for Gin Goblins’ first single featured a close-up photograph of former US president John F Kennedy’s final moment, which the group refused to change.

Calvin Burt, manager of the Parlour bar, first met Jacobs in 1989 and hosted one of the singer’s final gigs last month.

He said: “Mikie played the music he loved – he was not in it for any financial gain.” Friends recall a big-hearted man who went out of his way to raise money for animal welfare charities and would perform for free at benefit 

Romie Blair, from Granny Radge Promotions, said Jacobs had helped out regularly with East Lothian charity fundraisers such as the annual two-day Linkylea festival.

She said: “People were shocked sometimes by the way he looked, but once they got to know him, with just a few words, they knew he was such a caring, loving guy.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.”