One of the reasons for Sammy Hagar’s longstanding appeal is that nobody onstage has as much fun as he does. Now, he’s got even more reason to smile after hearing the news that Van Halen has postponed more than 30 dates on their 2012 tour.

“I’m surprised it took this long,” Hagar told the Associated Press. “I predicted this was going to happen a lot sooner. I lost money on that bet!”

Hagar was speaking from Atlantic City, N.J., where Chickenfoot played at the House of Blues on Friday (May 18) night. Before the show, Hagar donated $10,000 to Atlantic City’s St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church for its food pantry, something he tries to do in every city he plays.

Although the band is citing exhaustion as the reason for the postponement. Hagar has a different take. They’re hard people to get along with, those brothers,” he continued. “Otherwise I’d still be in the band.”

No such issues are apparent for Chickenfoot, which is currently on tour behind its new album, ‘III.’ They even welcomed back drummer Chad Smith for a surprise encore at Wednesday’s show at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston. Kenny Aronoff has been taking over the drummer’s stool while Smith has been busy with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.