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    Robert Kraft has a special guest coming to his private Gillette bash

    Patriots owner Robert Kraft applauded as fans called out to him as he walked onto the field before the start of a game. His girlfriend, Ricki Noel Lander, is in the backround at left.
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    Patriots owner Robert Kraft applauded as fans called out to him as he walked onto the field before the start of a game. His girlfriend, Ricki Noel Lander, is in the backround at left.

    If it’s fall, it must be time for a swanky private bash at Gillette Stadium — hosted, naturally, by Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

    And Tuesday was apparently the night.

    So, who’s the megastar said to be on tap to entertain Kraft’s nearest and dearest? Word is, none other than Sir Paul McCartney.

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    The timing couldn’t be better. After all, Macca is on tour behind his latest album, “Egypt Station,” and just last week he headlined Austin City Limits, playing a killer set for 60,000 fans.

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    (The set list, according to Rolling Stone, included a little ditty called “Hey Jude” and “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite,” the latter in memory of the late Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick.)

    The party at Gillette promised to be a more intimate affair, if past Kraft bashes are any indication.

    The 2016 party, headlined by The Rolling Stones, drew just 150 (very) special friends, including former secretary of state John Kerry, Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca, Davio’s owner Steve DiFillippo, and a whole slew of Kraft family members.

    And last October, Elton John entertained the VIPs at the invite-only fete. Like the Patriots going to the Super Bowl, this fab fete has become a Kraft tradition.

    Hayley Kaufman

    Mark Shanahan of the Globe staff contributed. Hayley Kaufman can be reached at hayley.kaufman@globe.com.