The Krafts sure know how to party. In 2003, you’ll recall, Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary by having Sir Elton John perform for friends and family at Gillette Stadium. The team’s four Super Bowl bashes have all been off the chain, with performances by Snoop Dogg, Lionel Richie, Pitbull, and Rick Ross. And Jon Bon Jovi was the surprise musical guest at last summer’s 75th birthday bash for the Pats poobah.
We’re not sure what the occasion is this time, but the Krafts have summoned a few hundred business associates and friends to the Optum Field Lounge at Gillette Tuesday for dinner and a performance by the Rolling Stones. Yes, we’re told that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, and Charlie Watts are in town — the word is they’ve commandeered dozens of rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel — and they’re playing a private show for the Krafts’ business colleagues.
(Come to think of it, didn’t Pats coach Bill Belichick name-check Jagger and the Stones during his uncharacteristically chatty press conference on Friday? Maybe he has the band on the brain.)
We’re told the invitation, which went out via FedEx a few weeks ago, was a small box containing a white rock with the printed words: “Gillette Stadium Tuesday Evening October 25, 2016. Very Special Live Performance by The Rolling Stones.”
We can only imagine what it would cost to hire the World’s Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band to play a private party, and our attempts to reach Kraft family reps Monday were unsuccessful.
(Needless to say, we weren’t invited to Tuesday’s shindig, which specifies “casual concert attire.”)
Though the Stones aren’t exactly young anymore — their combined age is 289 — the band performed at the recent megafest in Indio, Calif., known as Desert Trip, and the reviews were excellent. A bout of laryngitis forced Mick and the boys to cancel a show last week in Las Vegas, but they were back at it Saturday night in Sin City.
In case you’re wondering, the Optum Field Lounge is located in the south end zone at Gillette Stadium, on field level, and covers 20,000 square feet that includes a terrace, HD screens, and bars. According to the Patriots website, it’s perfect for corporate functions, holiday parties, and mitzvahs. We’re told Tuesday’s dinner will be held in the lounge, but the show will be on the field, on a makeshift stage that workers were hurrying to set up Monday.
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