When in Philly to perform, the rock outfit Kings of Leon has a tradition:

Eating cheesesteaks.

But the guys add stakes to the steaks: They turn it into a friendly but serious competition called Battle of the Cheesesteaks.

While Kings of Leon was in town Jan. 19 to perform at the Wells Fargo Center, the game was on. Ballots were printed, pencils were sharpened, napkins and plates were obtained.

After three previous years of sampling traditional spots like Geno's and Pat's, the competition involved a crop of five newcomers: Dalessandro's and Chubby's in Roxborough, Jim's on South Street, Stacy's Pizza in West Philadelphia, and Philip's in South Philadelphia.

Last time out, Jim's won.

Live Nation chose the competitors - no band or crew members had a say in the selection.

Band and crew were eligible to eat and vote. All competitors were kept to a meat/cheese/bun item in a white wrapper - keeping it anonymous.

(Results follow the photos.)

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The band and crew line up for cheesesteaks. The wares of five local shops were sampled in the blind study.
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Instrumentalist Tim Deaux (seated) and Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill get serious at the Wells Fargo Center.
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Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon digs in during the backstage cheesesteak competition at the Wells Fargo Center.
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Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon assesses the sandwiches.
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Jared Followill of Kings of Leon surveys the sandwiches during the backstage cheesesteak competition.
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Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon reviews a ballot during the competition at the Wells Fargo Center.

The final results:
1. Dalessandro's
2. Chubby's
3. Jim's
4. Stacy's Pizza
5. Philip's