With the Nashville singer, as well as a European tour, he played as a co-headliner in 2011 on the prestigious Firefest stage (Nottingham), together with a band and artists such as Jimi Jamison, Steve Augeri, Jeff Paris and Unruly Child. Furthermore, he was a guest on the Mitch Malloy II album together with Keith Scott (Brian Adams), Phil Collen (DefLeppard), Jeff Scott Soto, C.J. Vanston, Hugh McDonald (Bob Jovi), Bruno Ravel (Danger Danger), Randy Goodrum and played the acoustic version of the single “Carry On” for the Japanese market.
During this time, Mario recorded guitars on two successful Aor albums that were released for Avenue of Allies Records, “Shining Line” and “Lionville”, a project that had guest artists such as Bruce Gaitsch(Chicago, Richard Marx, Madonna), Robin Beck, Harry Hess (Harem Scarem), Michael T. Ross (Hardline, Lita Ford), and Tommy Denander.
At the same time, as a producer, after the successful “One Ticket to Paradise”, Smokey Fingers’ debut album “Colombus Way” was released in 2011, considered by many European and American magazines as one of the best Southern Rock albums of the year.
2011 and 2012 were two intense years of teamwork: on a National level he recorded guitar on singles for Italian pop artists released by Warner Chappel and produced by Nicolò Fragile, while on an international level he played as a guest in various albums among which the French project “Chasing Violets” (featuring Michael Landau, Philip Bardowell, Paul Sabu, GöranEdman, etc…) and Paolo Apollo Negri’s highly acknowledged “Cobol”.
2012, however, was the year in which Mario, together with the inseparable Alessandro Del Vecchio and Alessandro Mori, officially became part of the Axe. Together with this historic American band, consisting of leader Bobby Barth (Blackfoot), Bob Harris (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Warren Zevon) and Gerald Berger, he played on the prestigious Sweden Rock Festival stage, an edition that saw him billed together with Motley Crue, Bad Company, Soundgarden, The Darkness, Motorhead and LynyrdSkynyrd. The DVD/CD of the Swedish concert, the first official live one in Axe’s history, has been released in 2013 for Neh Records.
Also in 2012 Mario played at the Firefest in England together with Mitch Malloy and Lionville, sharing the stage with Danger Danger, Tyketto, Gotthard and other historic bands of the melodic hard rock scene.
Among the albums recorded between 2012 and 2013 where he has been musically involved, are the new cd “Can’t Stop”by the Norwegian singer IssaOversveen and Nigel Bailey’s debut album, both produced by Alessandro del Vecchio for Frontiers records, as well as Lionville’s second album (featuringBruce Gaitsch, Bill Champlin, Sven Larsson), Charming Graceand a new super project An Apple a Day, together with Paolo Apollo Negri, Craig Kristensen and Kapper Dapper, with guests from the Soul/Funk scene such as Lee Fields, Richard Roundtree, Tyra Hammond, Abdominal and many others, released for Tanzan Music.
2013 saw, amongst others, the release of the much anticipated debut album ‘Believe’ by Giulio Garghentini. Mario produced, co-wrote the entire album and plays all guitars. The album has acclaimed very enthusiastic reviews on behalf of the media. Two videos have been released and the song ‘The Words That I Haven’t Said’ on which Mario sings a duet with Giulio was selected by Classic Rock magazine for their compilation cd.
2014 has many new projects and collaborations in store.
Starting off on guitar with the live performance for the much acclaimed singer and song writer Issa Overseen at the first ever Frontiers melodic Rock Festival amongst some historic bands such as Night Ranger Winger, Tesla, Stryper, Danger Danger, John Waite, Jake E.Lee with a world wide attendance.
Hungry Hearts highly awaited 3rd album ‘Dirty Italian Job’ will be released introducing on bass the extremely talented Stefano SkoolScola.
Paolo Apollo Negri’s album “Hello World” is also amongst the new releases ”, featuring two great singers such as Bob Harris (Frank Zappa) and Noel McCoy (James Taylor Quartet), plus a new Southern Rock Blues band called Mother’s Saltis also in the making
Mario is currently working as a producer at Tanzan Music Studio and collaborating with the writing of new songs for various international and national projects, as well as running Tanzan Music Academywhich is rapidly becoming a reference point for many young and talented artists and bands.