Celebs get down in Beantown to support Dems

BOSTON — Four years ago, Dems descended on Los Angeles to rub shoulders with the stars and anoint Al Gore as their presidential nominee. This time, the celebs came to them.

The Beantown bashes had a lot in common with the Hollywood variety, however. Major celebs were sequestered in VIP-only areas and rarely chose to mingle with the masses.

Hollywood has never pretended to be “small d” democratic — and there was no exception last week.

After John Kerry‘s acceptance speech, the ubiquitous Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Alyssa Milano were among the throng who showed up for Time Warner’s late-night soiree at the garish Roxy night club, where Maroon 5 rocked the house and LL Cool J charmed the ladies by handing out roses during his perf.

The Recording Industry Assn. of America flew the Red Hot Chili Peppers in from Japan for Wednesday night’s perf at the tres chic Louis Boston party sponsored by the Creative Coalition.

The perf took place smack dab in the middle of John Edwards’ speech. Those arriving later only got a brief sighting of the Peppers as they made a beeline from the VIP room to their bus about an hour later.

Kevin Bacon and his band rocked the house at the South Dakota delegation party, and the Black Eyed Peas shook the stage with their raucous dance moves earlier that week at bash sponsored by Time Warner and Rock the Vote.

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