Destination Anywhere

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This article is about the Jon Bon Jovi album. For the German ska punk band, see Destination Anywhere (band). For the 1968 soul song, see The Marvelettes.
Destination Anywhere
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Studio album by Jon Bon Jovi
Released 17 June 1997 (U.S.)
Recorded February – November 1996
Length 63:08
Label Mercury
Jon Bon Jovi chronology
Blaze of Glory
Destination Anywhere
John Bongiovi: The Power Station Years
Singles from Destination Anywhere
  1. "Midnight in Chelsea"
    Released: 1 June 1997
  2. "Queen of New Orleans"
    Released: 25 August 1997
  3. "Janie, Don't Take Your Love to Town"
    Released: 1997
  4. "Ugly"
    Released: 6 April 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Destination Anywhere is Jon Bon Jovi's second solo album released June 17, 1997 and features music from the film Destination Anywhere released in the same year. The album follows his successful 1990 soundtrack Blaze of Glory, from the film Young Guns II. The production is quite different from the classic rock norm that is a staple of past Bon Jovi albums, with drum loops, female backing vocals and Bon Jovi himself singing in a lower register in most of the tracks. Only one of his longtime bandmates, David Bryan, contributed to the album, though Desmond Child, co-writer of hits such as "Livin' on a Prayer", plays the tuba in the song "Ugly" and is also one of the producers.[4]



The album charted at #31 on The Billboard 200, #6 on the Top Canadian albums chart[5] and #2 on the UK Albums Chart.[6] The first single "Midnight in Chelsea" was Bon Jovi's highest-charting solo single in the UK, reaching #4 on the UK Singles Chart. Also charting in the UK was the second single "Queen of New Orleans" at #10 and the third single "Janie, Don't Take Your Love to Town" at #13.[6] The last single "Ugly" charted in some European countries but not in the UK.


Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine described it as "a fine example of late-'90s mainstream pop" and "a breakthrough for Bon Jovi, because it is the first time he sounds like he's come to terms with adulthood." Nevertheless, he criticized the presence of fillers on the record.[1] Chuck Eddy of Entertainment Weekly wrote: "Almost every track on Destination Anywhere could be faster, shorter, and less world-weary, but Bon Jovi’s melodies feel indelible nonetheless."[2]


Destination Anywhere: The Film (also released in 1997) was produced and incorporated music and concepts from the album. The film stars Jon Bon Jovi and Demi Moore as a young couple struggling with alcoholism and the death of their young child. The film debuted on both MTV and VH1 in 1997 and also stars Kevin Bacon, Whoopi Goldberg and Annabella Sciorra. Directed by Mark Pellington, the film was released on DVD on April 11, 2005, and contains the film, Destination Anywhere, the EPK for the album, and four promotional videos for the four singles of the album. Also included is a promotional video for the track "Staring at Your Window with a Suitcase in My Hand" and the track "It's Just Me" also features in full during the film.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jon Bon Jovi, except where noted.

  1. Queen of New Orleans (Bon Jovi, Dave Stewart) - 4:31
  2. Janie, Don't Take Your Love to Town - 5:18
  3. Midnight in Chelsea (Bon Jovi, Stewart) - 4:58
  4. Ugly (Bon Jovi, Eric Bazilian) - 3:24
  5. Staring at Your Window with a Suitcase in My Hand - 4:26
  6. Every Word Was a Piece of My Heart - 5:16
  7. It's Just Me - 6:44
  8. Destination Anywhere - 4:56
  9. Learning How to Fall - 4:04
  10. Naked (Bon Jovi, Mark Hudson, Greg Wells) - 4:42
  11. Little City - 4:58
  12. August 7, 4:15 - 4:59
  13. Cold Hard Heart - 4:42
Japan Bonus Track
  1. I Talk to Jesus - 5:20
Latin America Bonus Track
  1. Miro A Tu Ventana (Spanish version of "Staring At Your Window...") - 4:26
France Bonus Track
  1. Sad Song Night (Bon Jovi, Eric Bazilian, Desmond Child) - 3:52

Limited edition[edit]

  1. Queen of New Orleans (Bon Jovi, Stewart) - 5:16
  2. Midnight in Chelsea (Bon Jovi, Stewart) - 5:41
  3. Destination Anywhere - 5:26
  4. Ugly (Bon Jovi, Bazilian) - 3:31
  5. It's Just Me - 7:15
  6. August 7, 4:15 - 5:26
  7. Jailbreak (Phil Lynott) - 4:28
  8. Not Fade Away (Charles Hardin, Norman Petty) - 3:38
  9. Janie, Don't Take Your Love to Town (Acoustic) - 3:23
  • Tracks 1-8 recorded live at The Forum, London, England, on June 12, 1997.
  • Track 9 recorded live at MTV, London, England on August 13, 1997.
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  • Producers – Dave Stewart, Stephen Lironi, Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child & Eric Bazilian.
  • Engineers – Charles Dye, Niven Garland, Cage Gondar, Mike Malak, Lee Manning, Obie O'Brien, Andrew Roshberg, Mark Springer, J.C. Ulloa, Robert Valdez, Mike Woglom
  • Mixing – Niven Garland, Jim Labinski, Marc Lane, Obie O'Brien, Mike Rew
  • Mastering – George Marino


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[7] Gold 30,000x
Australia (ARIA)[8] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[9] Gold 25,000x
Brazil (ABPD)[10] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[11] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[12] Platinum 500,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[13] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 100,000^
Europe (IFPI)[15] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ a b Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  4. ^ Retrieved on 2009-02-05
  5. ^ "Allmusic (Jon Bon Jovi charts & awards) Billboard albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Chart stats - Jon Bon Jovi". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2011. 
  7. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Jon Bon Jovi – Destination Anywhere" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved August 15, 2012.  Enter Jon Bon Jovi in the field Interpret. Enter Destination Anywhere in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  10. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Jon Bon Jovi – Destination Anywhere" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Jon Bon Jovi – Destination Anywhere". Music Canada. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Jon Bon Jovi; 'Destination Anywhere')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Jon Bon Jovi; 'Destination Anywhere')". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ "British album certifications – Jon Bon Jovi – Destination Anywhere". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 15, 2012.  Enter Destination Anywhere in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  15. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1997". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 15, 2012.