A new ZZ Top album is due in the first quarter of next year via RCA. But fans of the Texas rock trio may find even more to get excited about with a multi-CD set that could also come in 2003. "This sho

A new ZZ Top album is due in the first quarter of next year via RCA. But fans of the Texas rock trio may find even more to get excited about with a multi-CD set that could also come in 2003. "This should be a very, very interesting box set," guitarist Billy Gibbons tells Billboard.com. "Organizers of that package have dug out some previously unreleased sides and found some live material that none of us even knew existed. There's also some oddball stuff, extended versions, different mixes, and remix versions. By and large, it should be fun to listen to."

Gibbons says the set will include a minimum of four CDs, and while the "next official ZZ release will be a BMG product, the box set may be under another outfit." Meanwhile, the group begins a European trek Oct. 1 in Helsinki, Finland. More touring will come early next year, including another North American run and a previously announced return to RodeoHouston at the city's Reliant Stadium. "I wouldn't be surprised to see the trucks fire up around February and March," Gibbons reports. "We'll take a nice little holiday and then get back to spankin' the plank."

Here are ZZ Top's tour dates:

Oct. 1: Helsinki, Finland (Hartwall Arena)
Oct. 3: Stockholm (Hovet)
Oct. 5: Aalborg, Denmark (Gigantium)
Oct. 7: Copenhagen (Falkoner Theatre)
Oct. 8: Hamburg, Germany (Sporthalle)
Oct. 10: Berlin (Arena)
Oct. 11: Leipzig, Germany (Leipzig Arena)
Oct. 12: Frankfurt, Germany (Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst)
Oct. 14: Paris (Le Zenith)
Oct. 15: Saarbrucken, Germany (E-Werk)
Oct. 16: Brussels (Forest National)
Oct. 18: Essen, Germany (Grughalle)
Oct. 19: Munich (Olympiahalle)
Oct. 20: Stuttgart, Germany (Schleyerhalle)
Oct. 22: Vienna (Spark 7)
Oct. 23: Brno, Czech Republic (Hala Rondo)
Oct. 24: Zagreb, Croatia (Dom Sportova)
Oct. 26: Zurich (Hallenstadion)
Oct. 27: Milan (Palavobis)
Oct. 29: Amsterdam (Heineken Music Hall)
Oct. 31: Manchester, England (Apollo)
Nov. 1: London (Apollo Hammersmith)
March 4: Houston (Reliant Stadium)