In “Eric Bloom Talks Blue Oyster Cult’s Studio Albums,” published November 2, 2012, at musicradar.com, vocalist Eric Bloom of Blue Oyster Cult recalls the audition the band did for Columbia.
“Harry Nilsson was there,” recalls Bloom. “The audition wasn’t at a club, it was in a conference room at Columbia, which I thought was strange. In this row of chairs sat Clive Davis, a couple of A&R guys, Patti Smith and Harry Nilsson. We had to play five feet in front of them.”
A huge fan of Nilsson, Bloom says that he was thrilled to see Harry there … until Nilsson walked out in the middle of one of the band’s songs.
“I couldn’t believe it,” says Bloom. “Harry Nilsson walked out on our audition. I thought, That’s it. We’re through.”
Nilsson quickly returned and after the group finished their set, Bloom asked Nilsson why he left.
“He just looked at me like it was no big deal and said, ‘I had to go have a cigarette.'”
Blue Oyster Cult signed with Columbia in 1972.