Chris Martin stopped the concert and told the fan, "This is not a tambourine song - I don't mean to be rude.
"Let me be honest with you, we tried tambourine on the recording and had to scrap it - so we have been playing it for 10 years with no tambourine. It probably sounds great, but I'm just used to it without tambourine. Don't take it personally.
"I can't see what you look like, but you look lovely and sound fantastic. Don't take this to be some kind of anti-tambourine rally or rant against the tambourine. It's one of my favorite instruments."
He later joked, "I promise the next song is a tambourine frenzy, you can go crazy."