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'Foster the People' Singer

KICKED OUT

of Prince Concert

10/26/2012 7:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Prince DOES NOT mess around when it comes to cell phones at his private shows ... and had the lead singer of Foster the People KICKED OUT last night when he violated the rule.

TMZ was shooting footage when Mark Foster -- the guy who sings the annoyingly overplayed "Pumped Up Kicks" song -- was escorted out of The Sayers Club when someone saw him tooling around on his iPhone.

Foster begged and pleaded with security to let him back inside -- using every tactic in the book:

-- I have a tab at the bar I didn't close!
-- I promise I wasn't taking a picture, check my phone!
-- I'm a musician, I understand ... I won't do it again.

... and of course, "I'm Mark Foster ... from Foster the People."

After a couple of minutes in limbo, security gave Mark a break and let him back inside ... but only after they MADE HIM check his phone.

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On his way out of the show, Mark told us it was a big misunderstanding ... he was simply checking a text message from a friend when he was tossed. 

He also said he understood why security did what they did ... telling us, "It's cool ... Prince doesn't play in front of 100 people every night."

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16.

Stacy    

Them, there iphone/cell phone techie people need to get some social etiquette. Really?! a private show by Prince...I have a hunch your a tool of a guy.

672 days ago
17.

jenny ruby    

foster=brother phone call
brittany wig=long blond hair nelson
pattison and k stew= patsy and I at nelson show in car in memphis
hocus pocus =lupus
nanny=i was the babysitter for amanda and holly
bobbi brown/mom control issues
michael phelps=carrot top raft prop
donald taraq=mata dn gun nelson
aguilara micky mouse=ninja turtles chase bought

672 days ago
18.

jenny ruby    

whats in the box katy perry= golden girl clip i watched about sofia's secret box dorothy found and opened

672 days ago
19.

Matt    

I will show up and beat his security personnel to a pulp yo!

672 days ago
20.

Eric    

Never heard of "Foster the People" before. Oh wait, were they on SNL once?

672 days ago
21.

squeakermama    

Hummmmmm....cell phone or Prince?

672 days ago
22.

lanie    

That Foster kid is really short.. Prince probably reconsidered kicking him out -- because Foster made him feel TALL and manly..

672 days ago
23.

lanie    

Hopefully security took the little guy's offer and looked through his photos/videos -- I bet there are a lot of eye opening, gay twink boys photos in that thing...

672 days ago
24.

delerious    

You can not deny prince of being a great artist. He has written 1000+ songs, that were performed by many other singers. I think people are confused by the Symbol. He wants to get paid for what he does as everyone if you do it you deserve the acknowledgment and money for it why let someone else profit from what you worked hard for. They symbol and slave came from when Warner Bros "owned" him. He could not do anything without WB taking every dime from it. If he wrote it under the name Prince WB owned it. That is why he did stuff under the "symbol" so WB could not profit or sue him for anything he wrote or produced during the contracted period. He was not going to be WB's slave. He is a very smart business man, and his personal life stays out of the press, that is why he will not do interviews, because they always ask dumb questions.

672 days ago
25.

vrich    

I guess he wasnt wearing his "pumped up kicks"! *lmao

672 days ago
26.

soberandsmober    

Went to a Prince concert once. NEVER AGAIN. The tiny ******* was like 8 hours late, and then when he finally arrived, he refused to play anything old -- you know, all the songs everyone came to hear. Not a one! I still cringe thinking about that night.

672 days ago
27.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

You have to understand Mark Foster has never performed in a private gig that paid him in the hundreds of thousands to a million dollar just to perform to a hundred people.

672 days ago
28.

JimmydeansausageCo.    

Prince has every right to toss anyone he wishes disrupting his performance including this very odd looking jerky wanker with his annoying "Pumped up dicq's" song.

672 days ago
29.

Throwback kid    

If you are talking about annoyingly overplayed you are talking about anything from Rihanna or Katy Perry. They have limited talent and are all hype!

672 days ago
30.

Michael    

Prince is extremely talented and an awesome guitarist too. I used to think he wasn't that great, but look at any of his LIVE performances on youtube, and you will see how awesome he really is. The FTP group and this dude is a 1-2 hit wonder band with minimal talent. Check them out from SNL a few months ago. He looked higher than a kite!! Happy FRIDAY @holes.

672 days ago
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