First the Rolling Stones, now Elton John to play private Kraft bash at Gillette

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Elton John spoke at Harvard Monday.

By Sophia Eppolito Globe Correspondent 

Wednesday night will be the second time Patriots owner Robert Kraft has booked a big-name musical artist to perform a private concert at Gillette Stadium.

A year ago, Kraft enlisted the Rolling Stones to perform for 150 very special guests. This year, Elton John will be taking the stage at the 50-yard-line for the invite-only party.


Although we weren’t invited, we did get a glimpse at an invitation to the swanky bash. It reads: “The Kraft Family Invites You To A Very Intimate Performance By Sir Elton John.” Each invite came with a pair of silver, star-shaped sunglasses. “Casual concert attire” is suggested. The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m.

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John has been around the East Coast since receiving the Harvard Foundation’s 2017 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award in Cambridge on Monday.

At the ceremony at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre, John was honored for his longtime activism in fighting HIV/AIDS. The Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised more than $385 million to support the cause.

The singer then made his way to New York on Tuesday for the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 2017 New York Fall Gala, which commemorated the Foundation’s 25th year.

Actor Neil Patrick Harris emceed the star-studded event, and Aretha Franklin performed as the special musical guest. Billy Joel, Glenn Close, Keke Palmer, Sting, Diane Lane, and Sheryl Crow were just a few of the big names hitting the red carpet, and over the course of the evening, President Bill Clinton , New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo , and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker took the stage to talk about John and his philanthopic efforts. The event raised more than $4.3 million for the Foundation, according to a statement.


The guestlist for the Krafts’ get together this year is rather hush hush, but it’s likely that it’ll include some of the same partygoers who got to see the Stones perform last October. Former Secretary of State John Kerry, designer Tommy Hilfiger, and Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck were just a few of those who made the cut.

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