tier 3 (tr3)

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tier 3 (tr3)
225 west broadway
new york, new york 10013

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On the SE corner of W Broadway and White St, in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York, a short-lived punk and new wave club existed from 1979 to December 1980.

Hilary Jaeger was working as a waitress at Tier 3 (or TR3) in the spring of 1979 when she began booking shows at the 300-capacity venue. The club mixed punk and new wave music with the experimental film and art scenes of Downtown.

TR3 had three floors, a mural that was painted by Basquiat, and also one painted by Kiki Smith.

The Lounge Lizards played one of their first shows at TR3, and played many times after that. Other New York bands included The dB's, DNA, The Stimulators, The Bush Tetras, 8 Eyed Spy with Lydia Lunch, and The Raybeats.

It is likely that Madness played their first US show at TR3 in 1979. There is a picture of a flyer promoting a TR3 show in the liner notes of the Beastie Boys Some Old Bullshit, so they must have played there as well.

The venue was evicted in December of 1980.

from Some Old Bullshit, Beastie Boys

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Adam Yauch (MCA) first met John Berry (the first guitarist for the Beastie Boys) at Tier 3. Yauch was a distinct figure: tall, lanky, trenchcoat, and combat boots.

At the time, John Berry was in a band called the Young Aborigines with Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Kate Schellenbach (later Luscious Jackson). Berry soon introduced Yauch to the group, and they went on to form the Beastie Boys.

MCA in Japan, 1992- photo: masao nakagami