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Sir Elton John, ahead of wedding to David Furnish, performs at London landmark


David M. Bennett

Sir Elton John performs at the Battersea Power Station Annual Party on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in London, England.

Sir Elton John at Battersea

Sir Elton John performs at the Battersea Power Station Annual Party on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in London, England. Launch slideshow »

Elton John’s 67th Birthday at Fizz

Sir Elton John, right, with David Furnish, celebrates his 67th birthday at Fizz on Friday, March 28, 2014, at Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

To Brits and U.S. tourists, London’s Battersea Power Station is regarded as one of the country’s most iconic buildings despite being derelict for decades. Its chimneys still stand as a skyline landmark.

Although its original use disappeared as modern technology took over, recording stars helped turned it into a Power Station pop mecca, and it opened a year ago.

Our Caesars Palace headliner Sir Elton John flew back from Las Vegas for its first-anniversary party, and we have the glittering celebration photos. The “Rocket Man” blasted through a collection of his classics, as well as selected tracks from his new album “The Diving Board.”

Celebrities turned out for the 2,500-strong party to thank everyone redeveloping the legendary community. Guests included Grace Jones, Jeremy Renner, Eliza Doolittle, Sir David Tang, James Haskell, Nicky Haslam, Ben Goldsmith and Lily James, but nearby London neighbors Beyonce and Jay Z, who were scheduled to attend, were no-shows.

CEO Rob Tincknell said: “Hosting a performance by one of the best-loved and most-renowned British recording artists of all time at one of the U.K.’s most iconic buildings was a great occasion.

“A big thank you to Sir Elton for a stunning show at our first party to celebrate the remarkable heritage and creation of a new, vibrant community. The power is definitely back on at Battersea!”

While In London this month, Sir Elton and his partner, David Furnish, will have an official but low-key wedding after a change in British law permitting same-sex marriage. They entered into a civil partnership in 2005 when those ceremonies were passed.

My Vegas DeLuxe interview with David about their relationship was posted in March when they officially opened their new champagne ultra lounge Fizz at Caesars.

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