The month of September brings with it an incredibly large and diverse roster of classic rock birthdays. Join us as we count down 21 of the biggest, celebrating the lives and music of rockers both living and departed.

Over the following pages, within a list that includes names like Joe Perry, Neil Peart, Freddie Mercury and many more, you'll find the singers, guitarists, drummers and other musicians who are responsible for some of the most exciting and influential songs and albums in classic rock history.

As the month rolls on, we'll look at some of the biggest moments and achievements from each of these veterans, heroes and legends in more detail. For now we'll just marvel and how young their spirits stay even as the years march on relentlessly.