GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson (ex-THE REPLACEMENTS),who has been working with Axl Rose in the reconfigured band since 1998, is launching a solo career, according to the L.A. Times. He's finishing an album at the home studio of former PIXIES frontman Frank Black and also recently played sets in L.A. and New York opening for former D GENERATION frontman Jesse Malin. As he looks for a licensing deal for the album, Stinson is considering touring as a solo act this summer. His live set — he plays June 12 at Largo — consists of new material, as well as a couple of songs from his previous bands BASH & POP and PERFECT, in which he was the frontman. And, he hasn't forgotten the THE REPLACEMENTS trump card — choice covers. In Stinson's case, they include LOUDON WAINWRIGHT's "One Man Guy", BIG STAR's "Nightime", and the PARTRIDGE FAMILY's "Come On Get Happy". Says Stinson, "If you play all that sissy acoustic [stuff] and bum everyone out, you've got to throw something funny in there once in a while."