Eric Clapton, who launches a tour at the end of the month, has provided the funding to build a 36-bed drug and alcohol rehab clinic in the Caribbean island of Antigua.
Why Antigua? His spokesperson says Clapton, a recovering addict himself, has spent a lot of time there, really liked the people, and saw the need for such a facility. Clapton hopes the facility will attract enough well-to-do addicts from around the world to be able to offer treatment for needy locals too.
Clapton is of course sticking to his day job as well. The legendary guitarist’s new album, “Pilgrim,” will arrive in stores next week, and then kicks off his U.S. tour in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 30 (to see Clapton’s tour itinerary, see “Eric Clapton ’Pilgrim’ Tour Dates Announced” ).