A year ago, you’ll recall, Patriots owner Robert Kraft hosted a private party at Gillette Stadium and enlisted a fairly well-known rock ’n’ roll band from England — the Rolling Stones — to perform for his 150 guests.
Well, he’s at it again.
Kraft and his family are hosting a hush-hush party at Gillette Nov. 8 and the musical guest this time will be Elton John. We’ve seen the invitation — no, we didn’t actually get one — and it reads: “The Kraft Family Invites You To A Very Intimate Performance By Sir Elton John.” Each invite — which suggests “casual concert attire” — came with a pair of silver, star-shaped sunglasses.
Kraft has been friends with the Rocket Man for many years: In 2003, Sir Elton played at a private party celebrating Robert and Myra Kraft’s 40th anniversary; the Pats poobah always attends John’s annual Oscar party in LA; Elton tickled the ivories at a tiny get-together hosted by Kraft the night before the Pats’ dramatic Super Bowl win in Houston this past February; and Kraft was one of the guests at the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s star-studded 70th birthday party in Hollywood in March.
It’s anyone’s guess who got an invitation to the November bash, but it’s likely that it’s many of the same folks who were under the tent set up on the Gillette field last October when the Stones played a hits-heavy set. The crowd that night included former secretary of state John Kerry, designer Tommy Hilfiger, J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf, Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca, Red Sox (and Boston Globe) owner John Henry and his wife, Globe Managing Director Linda Pizzuti Henry, hair stylist Pini Swissa, Combined Jewish Philanthropies boss Barry Shrage, restaurateurs Ed Kane and Steve DiFillippo, former Bain Capital managing director Paul Edgerley, and assorted Pats players past and present.
What does it cost to have Sir Elton play at your party? A lot. According to Celebrity Talent International, which bills itself as the “premiere buyer-oriented booking agency and major celebrity event consultant” in the world, superstars like John, Rihanna, Sting, and Taylor Swift won’t even consider performing at your kid’s bar mitvah for less than $750,000 — and usually they want way more than that.
The Krafts assuredly had to shell out serious dough to hire the Stones last year. How do we know? Because former Hewlett-Packard chairman Ralph Whitworth paid $3 million to have them play at a party in 2015.