Thursday, June 14, 2012

Influential East Bay Musician Jef Leppard Killed in Motorcycle Accident

By Rachel Swan
Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

We were saddened to hear about the death of Jeffery Davis, aka Jef Leppard, guitarist for the hardcore band Voetsek, former member of STFU, sound man at Oakland Metro Operahouse, recording engineer at Lennon Studios, and beloved member of the Bay Area punk scene. He was killed Sunday evening after his motorcycle hit a gray Audi in San Francisco's Richmond district, SF Appeal reports. Davis' wife Nikki had been sitting behind him on the motorcycle. When it struck the Audi at the intersection of Fulton Street and 30th Avenue she was ejected and critically injured.

Jeff Leppard
  • Jeff Leppard
According to blog posts from close friends she remains in the ICU at SF General Hospital, where she is able to communicate through sign language and written notes. Nikki incurred several broken bones and internal injuries, but she appears to be lucid and even managed to flip the bird to a petulant relative.

Members of the punk scene will gather en masse this weekend to eulogize Jef Leppard. They'll hold a potluck and memorial show at Lennon Rehearsal Studios (271 Dore St., San Francisco), featuring performances by Proudflesh, SMD, Blown to Bits, and Vastum. The event happens at 7 p.m. this Saturday, June 16; organizers are requesting donations for Leppard's cremation and Nikki's mounting hospital bills.

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