By Ariana Bacle
July 07, 2014 at 07:32 PM EDT

The (country) world may be a sad, sad place if Garth Brooks’ comeback never comes. But from the looks of it, Brooks is ready to be more than a memory once again.

Last year, Brooks teased fans when he went on Good Morning America and said he was planning a 2014 world tour. More recently, a message posted on Brooks’ website last week read, “the wait is over… 7/7.” The wait isn’t quite over yet though, because on July 7, a new message announcing a press conference replaced the old one (complete with sound effects of thunder rolling, for full effect).

Brooks retired from country music 13 years ago, saying he wanted to wait until all three of his daughters turned 18 before he focused on work full-time again. His youngest daughter just graduated high school in May, so it may be just the right moment for Brooks’ return.

Despite his “retirement,” Brooks hasn’t completely stayed out of the spotlight the past 13 years: The singer had a weekend residency at the Wynn Las Vegas until 2012 and appeared on The Tonight Show earlier this year to bid host Jay Leno farewell with performances of “The Dance” and “Friends in Low Places.”

Brooks’ press conference will be streamed live from his website at 12 p.m. ET on July 10.