Many dates already nearing sellout.

Initial on-sales for the upcoming Motley Crue reunion tour were very encouraging, those close to the tour say, with many dates nearing sellout.

Dates in such markets as New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Conn., and Greenville, S.C., were solid across the board.

"There was a lot of skepticism about this tour from promoters and the industry at large," says Dennis Arfa, president of Artists Group International, booking agency for Motley Crue. "A lot of the buildings showed faith and bought the shows directly, and they were rewarded. Motley Crue are bigger than they were five years ago."

The tour begins Feb. 17 at the Office Depot Center.