Destination Anywhere

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Destination Anywhere
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Studio album by
Released17 June 1997
RecordedFebruary – November 1996
Jon Bon Jovi chronology
Blaze of Glory
Destination Anywhere
The Power Station Years: The Unreleased Recordings
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
  5. "Staring at Your Window with a Suitcase in My Hand (Promo)"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[3]

Destination Anywhere is Jon Bon Jovi's second solo studio 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 Jon 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 fourth single "Ugly" charted in some European countries but not in the UK. "Staring at Your Window with a Suitcase in My Hand" was released as a promo single.


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 five promotional videos for the singles of the album. 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"Jon Bon Jovi, Dave Stewart4:31
2."Janie, Don't Take Your Love to Town"Jon Bon Jovi5:18
3."Midnight in Chelsea"Jon Bon Jovi, Dave Stewart4:58
4."Ugly"Jon Bon Jovi, Eric Bazilian3:24
5."Staring at Your Window With a Suitcase in My Hand"Jon Bon Jovi4:26
6."Every Word Was a Piece of My Heart"Jon Bon Jovi5:16
7."It's Just Me"Jon Bon Jovi6:44
8."Destination Anywhere"Jon Bon Jovi4:56
9."Learning How to Fall"Jon Bon Jovi4:04
10."Naked"Jon Bon Jovi, Mark Hudson, Greg Wells4:42
11."Little City"Jon Bon Jovi4:58
12."August 7, 4:15"Jon Bon Jovi4:59
13."Cold Hard Heart"Jon Bon Jovi4:42
Japan Bonus Track
14."I Talk to Jesus"Jon Bon Jovi5:20
Argentina Bonus Track
14."Miro a tu Ventana (Spanish version of "Staring at Your Window...")"Jon Bon Jovi4:26
France Bonus Track
15."Sad Song Night"Desmond Child , Jon Bon Jovi, Eric Bazilian3:52

Limited edition[edit]

CD2: Jon Bon Jovi - Live
1."Queen of New Orleans"Jon Bon Jovi, Dave Stewart5:16
2."Midnight in Chelsea"Jon Bon Jovi, Dave Stewart5:41
3."Destination Anywhere"Jon Bon Jovi5:26
4."Ugly"Jon Bon Jovi, Eric Bazilian3:31
5."It's Just Me"Jon Bon Jovi7:15
6."August 7, 4:15"Jon Bon Jovi5:26
7."Jailbreak"Phil Lynott4:28
8."Not Fade Away"Charles Hardin, Norman Petty3:38
9."Janie, Don't Take Your Love to Town (Acoustic)"Jon Bon Jovi3:23



  • Producers – David A. 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


Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
German Albums Chart[7] 26
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[8] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[9] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[10] Gold 25,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[11] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[13] Platinum 500,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[14] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[15] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^
Europe (IFPI)[17] Platinum 1,000,000*

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


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  15. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Jon Bon Jovi; 'Destination Anywhere')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Jon Bon Jovi – Destination Anywhere". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 15, 2012. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Destination Anywhere in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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