The band feature an ever-changing lineup, which (as of 2016) includes 41 ex-members, a feat only beaten by The Fall. Gerard, John and Wojtek have been the only mainstays since the band's inception, although John left the band between 1990 and 2004 and went on to be drummer for Strangelove during this time. Ex (and current) members have gone on to be members of Primal Scream, Witness, Massive Attack and Strangelove.
The band tend to end their live sets with "Breaking In My Heart", which has been known to feature multiple guest guitarists on stage playing the main riff, this included members of R.E.M. in the early 1990s when the Aeroplanes were tour support, where they also had a total of 15 guitarists playing simultaneously. REM's famous song "Losing My Religion" is also said to be written about Gerard.